Washington (March 5, 2004) -- The nation's chief executives appear optimistic about the economic outlook for the remainder of the year, with more CEOs predicting job increases than losses for the first time in a year and a half, according to a report released this week by the Business Roundtable.

About a third of CEOs (33 percent) are projecting job increases in the next six months, up from 25 percent in December, according to the Business Roundtable's March 2004 CEO Economic Outlook survey of 122 member companies. This month's poll marks the first time since the survey began in the fall of 2002 that a larger percentage of CEOs are projecting their companies will add jobs than are expecting employment declines.

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