Manpower Survey Looking Up

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

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The quarterly Employment Outlook Survey conducted by Manpower, Incorporated has been released for July through September.

Spokesperson Casandra Sloan says while it is not as good as the second quarter, she remains optimistic.

"It looks like the third quarter is going to be about 23 percent of the employers are going to increase their hiring practices, whereas about six or seven percent are going to decrease. Fifty percent will pretty much stay the same," said Sloan.

In the second quarter, 40 percent of the companies interviewed intended to add staff and three percent planned to reduce their workforces.

When Manpower conducts its survey, does it look for reasons to expect growth or just numbers?

"Both," said Sloan, "because if they give us a number and say that they're going to have a significant increase in their hiring, of course, the next question is why do you anticipate that to be true?"

New business jobs, such as the projected 240 for the soon to be established call center, are not included in the report. Sloan concedes, however, there are never enough jobs to go around.

"No, we always have more applicants than we have jobs and that's been the pattern for quite some time," Sloan said. "Our goal is to try to find those people jobs, but unfortunately, we don't have enough jobs in this city right now to go around."

For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, education and services.

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