Survey: Metro Atlanta hiring will be at ‘fair pace’ in first quarter

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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6 comments Add your comment


December 7th, 2010
5:00 am

Great, maybe it will be even bettter if we can get this tax issue behind us for at least two years. I’d like to see language in the bill that neither side would seek further extensions. It makes no sense or cents for the government to be running record deficits while we continue to add to our small and large fortunes. Would it be too much to expect the wealthiest among us to buy U.S. Bonds with their largesse so we wouldn’t have to depend on China and other foreign governments? How in the world could government at any level be considering to add employees? Does it still not get it?


December 7th, 2010
5:03 am

Looks like another banner day developing on Wall Stret:

But it’s a long time until 4:00pm.

Road Scholar

December 7th, 2010
8:57 am

Have to agree with you Tn. Would have liked the highest earners still pay more..above $250K, or even $400K. Or keep them for one year.When you owe money you stop spending AND keep your revnue stream.

Did you see that the average balance on a charge card in Georgia was almost $5K? Wow! Somebody is hurting since mine are zero!

Peace of Mind

December 7th, 2010
9:10 am

Unfortunately, we will continue to see bleak times like this for a long time to come. More and more companies are sending jobs overseas because the perks and potential profits are still better than any tax levied upon them. It’s all about the bottom line.

The best way to hurt em and keep the jobs here is by cutting the import goods, and make them here in the US. The US brings in more goods that can be and are manufactured here in the US than any other country. And our exports are some of the cheapest goods in the world. Its a win win for other countries.

William C Smith

December 7th, 2010
11:12 am

Taxes are viewed as the answer to every problem. Till we get more consumption no jobs will be created. Consumption is fueled by consumers who have a job. American salary needs are greater than foreign salary needs so jobs will continue to go averseas. This is like a short tailed dog chasing it’s tail.


December 7th, 2010
10:52 pm

Well, the rally fizzled, as they often do. There’s always tomorrow. At least there has been up to now. The extension of unemployment compensation will give consumers a little more to spend. Look for GDP to increase at least 6% each of the next two years.