Nearly a third of Asheville, N.C., employers reported positive forecasts, while 6% drew a bleaker picture. Sixty percent said they won't be changing their employment levels and the remaining 5% are unsure of their hiring plans. With a net employment outlook of 23%, the metro area with a workforce of over 205,000 employees is the second best place for finding a job this summer.
San Antonio employers are expressing similar sentiments. Twenty-eight percent of the southwestern metro area's hiring managers anticipate a bright third quarter. Meanwhile, 7% expect to decrease their payrolls, 61% anticipate no change and 4% are uncertain. This yields a net employment outlook of 21% and positions San Antonio as the fourth best place for finding a job this summer. Albany and Milwaukee enjoy the same rank.
Unfortunately not all cities are as confident about hiring this summer. The net employment outlook in Las Vegas and in Raleigh-Carey is a far weaker 2%–and those metropolitan areas aren't even the worst. The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area, which straddles the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, yields a net employment outlook of just 1% for the quarter.
The worst area of all for finding a job this spring: Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Fla.
Only 9% of surveyed Sarasota metro area employers plan to hire between July and September, while 10% expect to reduce their staff levels. Seventy-eight percent expect to maintain their current workforce and 3% are unsure about their plans. This yields a net employment outlook of -1% for the sunny metropolis.
"When we look back at the last two-and-a-half years of our survey results for Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, there is a pattern of volatility," Holmes says. "In speaking with our local team, they tell me that the labor market is very tough, not just recently, but for the last three years."
The Manpower survey also reveals that employers in 11 of the 13 industry sectors reported a positive net outlook. Leisure & Hospitality (27%), Mining (25%) and Wholesale & Retail Trade (20%) are the most optimistic, overall.
"Although we continue to see hiring energy develop based on sustained year-over-year growth, we recognize that employers are still cautiously optimistic about increasing staffing levels," Holmes says. "This is a slow jobs recovery, and we anticipate it will continue at this pace for some time. Employers are simply not ready to take on the greater risk of more permanent employees until they see other signs of economic turnaround. And when employers are ready to hire, they will be very selective in hiring the job candidates with the right skills to move their businesses forward."
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