Power Breakfast: Weak metro job market, Hartsfield-Jackson, health debate, house flipping returns

Local job seekers will continue to struggle early next year.

Hiring in metro Atlanta during the first three months of 2010 will be anemic – and weaker than the national average, according to a quarterly survey by staffing company Manpower, AJC reporter Michael Kanell writes.

Just 7 percent of area companies responding said they plan to expand, while 9 percent said they will be cutting, according to company spokesperson Beth Herman.

Most companies said they plan to hold payrolls where they are, Kanell reports.

While the economy may be growing modestly, the job market is likely to parallel the weak recoveries of the past several recessions, said economist William Smith of the University of West Georgia.

“It wouldn’t be surprising to see us continue without a lot of job growth,” Smith told Kanell.

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