15% expect some growth and about half predict stability, according to Hays Canada survey.
Increase in exports thanks to an improved US economy has boosted business investment and job creation.
Harper challenged on some claims at New York event, specifically on job growth and trade deals.
Randstad survey reveals Canadian workers are confident their companies will perform better this year.
Employment in the manufacturing sector rose by 24,600, but factory jobs are still down 44,000 from a year ago.
The provinces are unhappy about Kenney’s plan to shave $300-million from the Labour Market Agreement.
U.S. expected to best Canada in job creation and economic growth in 2012.