FILE-- The factory floor at Kenworth Truck Company in Chillicothe, Ohio, May 30, 2019. The government report on June 7 showed a sharp decline in the pace of hiring, adding to concern that the economy is slowing. Economists are watching job creation in the goods sector for signs of any impact from the trade war or a global slowdown.
Photo: Andrew Spear/The New York Times
Photo: Andrew Spear/The New York Times

Manpower: Growing hiring pace to continue locally, nationally

Employers will continue their torrid hiring pace in the next quarter, locally and nationally, a new Manpower staffing firm survey shows.

Among local employers surveyed, 27% plan to hire more employees July through September, Manpower said Monday.

That number is offset by the 3% of surveyed employers who plan to cut payrolls, while 68% expect to maintain current staff levels and 2% indicated they aren’t sure of hiring plans.

This yields what Manpower calls a “net employment outlook” — the percentage of surveyed employers planning to cut payrolls subtracted from the percentage of those planning to hire — of 24%.

That’s up from this time last year when the outlook for the area was 18%, said Tom Maher, owner of the Manpower Dayton franchise.

“The Dayton, Ohio MSA (metropolitan statistical area) employers have reported a stable hiring pace compared to Q2 2019 when the net employment outlook was 23%,” Maher said.

The Dayton MSA consists of Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties.

Nationally, employers are reporting the strongest hiring intentions in 13 years with an outlook of 21%, according to Manpower’s national survey.

The last time the survey of more than 11,500 employers reported an outlook that high was the third quarter of 2006.

“At a time of record low unemployment and employer optimism at levels we haven’t seen since the mid-2000s, we need to do more to connect people to jobs if we’re going to sustain economic growth,” Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America, said in a release.

“With such strong competition for talent, skilled workers are choosing when, where and how they work,” she added.

She said employees want “flexibility, access to childcare and clear career paths.”

The number of job openings exceeded the number of unemployed Americans by the largest margin on record, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

There were a seasonally adjusted 7.449 million unfilled jobs at the end of April, the Journal said, citing federal figures. Meanwhile, the number of Americans seeking work in April dropped to 5.824 million from 6.211 million a month earlier.

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