Survey: Local employers plan to hire in the new year

The hiring surge expected to continue locally and nationally next year, according to a Manpower survey.

Twenty-six percent of Dayton-area employers surveyed by staffing firm Manpower say they plan to add workers in the first quarter of 2020. Four percent say they plan to cut workers, while 67 percent say they will hold steady. Three percent weren’t sure of their plans.

That yields what Manpower calls a “net employment outlook” of 22 percent — a number arrived at by taking the 26 percent of respondents planning to add workers while subtracting the four percent who will be cutting their workforces.

“Compared to Q4 2019 when the net employment outlook was 19 percent, Dayton … employers have reported a stronger hiring pace,” said Tom Maher, owner of the Dayton Manpower franchise. “When looking at year-over-year expectations, hiring intentions have remained stable from when the outlook was 20 percent.”

Nationally, the story also shows strong hiring tendencies, but a “softening” in 10 of 13 industries and in two U.S. regions, according to Manpower’s national survey of more than 11,000 employers.

The jobs market soared in November, with non-farm payrolls surging by 266,000 and the unemployment rate falling to 3.5 percent, according to Labor Department numbers released Friday.

“Continued concerns over trade uncertainty are leading to some uneven market conditions in the U.S., yet the overall labor market looks resilient heading into the new year,” Becky Frankiewicz, president of ManpowerGroup North America, said in Manpower’s national release.

Some 7 million jobs have been open for 11 straight months, meaning employers need to work harder to match people to the right roles, Frankiewicz said.

The national survey found that employers in all U.S. industry sectors expect to add workers in the coming quarter: Leisure and hospitality (a net employment outlook of 30 percent); construction (up 22 percent); professional and business services (+22 percent); wholesale and retail trade (+22 percent); transportation and utilities (+19 percent); government (+18 percent); durable goods manufacturing (+17 percent); and education and health services (up 16 percent).

The outlook in the Midwest is at 21 percent, a 19-year high, Manpower said. Year-over-year hiring intentions weakened in the West and Northeast yet remain flat compared to last quarter, the company said.

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