The optimism in the company of the technology region Karlsruhe risen 2013 economic survey of the IHK Karlsruhe in the early summer in the early summer for the second time in a row. So, 30 percent expect better business than 2012 and 55 percent at least equal good business in the current year. However, clearly, the number of pessimists fell by 24 per cent in the autumn of last year to 15 percent. “If 85 percent of the Member companies for the coming months expect at least equal good business, which is a clear proof of the high competitiveness of the regional economy”, Chamber of Commerce President Wolfgang Grenke says. The confidence is reflected as well in the employment situation. More than every fifth company is planning more new hires. In addition, nine out of ten companies refer to their current business situation as good or are satisfied. The visible in the autumn of last year caution in assessing the future business development has again changed in confidence in the average of all sectors of the economy. In the Early summer 2013 89 percent of businesses assess their current business situation as good or satisfactory. That would almost to the beginning of the year with 91 percent. According to report a few from a decline in business activity. Their share is 11 percent, compared with nine per cent of the previous economic survey. Most optimistic look business-related service providers in the future. The confidence prevails also in the industrial, construction and wholesale trade. However, the retail shows a strongly divergent expectations. Both of the skeptics and the proportion of optimists has increased, which currently outweigh the critical expectations. Given the improved business prospects employment should tighten something in the coming months. The percentage of companies that want to hire additional employees is increased three percentage points to 21 percent. With a possible reduction in staff, 13 percent of the company, three percentage points less than at the beginning of the year sign up. Two-thirds of the operations plan, their staff to keep constant. The regional service companies report the highest compared to the other sectors of the economy need for personnel.