Need a job? Local hiring expected to increase in second quarter

Local hiring is about to heat up, if a new employment survey is any indication.

About 28 percent of Dayton-area employers surveyed by staffing company Manpower Group plan to add employees in the second quarter this year, Manpower said in a release Tuesday.

That’s up from 24 percent who expected to hire in the first three months of the year.

Five percent of surveyed employers plan to cut workers while two-thirds indicated they would maintain current staffing, the survey found.

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Take the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring and subtract from that the percentage of employers expecting to cut workers, and that leaves what Manpower calls a “net employment outlook” of 23 percent for the second quarter of the year.

That’s higher than the 20 percent net outlook found in 2019’s first quarter.

The Manpower survey found plenty of sectors looking to add workers. For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, financial activities, business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality and government.

In contrast, employers in information services expect hiring levels to remain unchanged.

“As technology and automation continue to transform the world of work, it’s important to learn from the past to ensure a great future,” said Tom Maher of Manpower.

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Nationally, of the more than 11,500 employers surveyed, 24 percent expect to add to workers and just three percent expect a decline in their payrolls in the second quarter.

Seventy-two percent of employers nationally anticipate making no change to staff levels; the remaining 1 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans.

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