Metro Atlanta employers expect to hire at a “fair pace” in the first quarter of next year, according to a survey released Tuesday.
From January to March, 11 percent of the metro companies interviewed for the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey expect to hire more workers. Eight percent expect to reduce their payrolls, while another 76 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels and 5 percent are not certain of their hiring plans.
This yields a net positive outlook of 3 percent, Manpower said. That is one percentage point higher than for the fourth quarter of this year. A year ago, the situation was bleaker, with 2 percent more employers expecting to cut payrolls than to add to them, Manpower said.
For the coming quarter, job prospects appear to be best in durable goods manufacturing, information, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and government, Manpower said.
Employers in nondurable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, and wholesale and retail trade plan to reduce staffing.
Employers in construction, finance, education and health services expect no change in headcount, Manpower said.
Statewide, there also is a net positive outlook of 3 percent, Manpower said.
Nationally, of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, the net positive was 4 percent.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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