- By Thomas Gnau Staff Writer
Dayton-area employers continue to see a need to hire new employees, the latest quarterly survey from Manpower Group indicates.
Twenty-one percent of surveyed employers plan to increase staff levels, Manpower said in its just-released survey. That’s down from the 24 percent who had the same plans in the third quarter of the year, but higher than the 20 percent of employers who planned on more hiring in the same quarter of 2017.
By far, most surveyed local employers — 71 percent — plan to keep staffing where it is today, according to Manpower. That’s about the same as the previous quarter (70 percent), and just under the fourth quarter of 2017 (72 percent).
Planning to cut employment: Five percent of surveyed companies, Manpower said. Six percent indicated plans to cut in the previous quarter and the final quarter of 2017.
Three percent of local employers weren’t sure of their hiring plans.
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The percentage of those planning to decrease staff levels subtracted from those planning to hire leaves a “net employment outlook” of 16 percent, Manpower said. That’s a bit lower than last quarter’s net outlook (18 percent) but higher than the net outlook in the fourth quarter last year (14 percent).
The best prospects in the coming quarter are familiar by now in the Dayton area: Durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, construction, transportation, wholesale and retail trade, financial activities and more, Manpower said.
Hiring will be unchanged in information, leisure and hospitality and government, the survey showed.
Manpower does not say how many local employers were surveyed, but nationally, more than 11,500 were, the company said.
Nationally, 22 percent plan on hiring and five percent thought they would cut staffing in the next quarter. Again, 71 percent were planning to stay where they were and two percent were unsure.
On Friday, the U.S. government reported that the U.S. economy proved stronger than economists’ expectations in August, adding just over 200,000 jobs nationally while the consensus expectation among economists was closer to 190,000 new jobs.
The jobless rate nationally remain lodged at 3.9 percent for August.
Nationally, some of the biggest industries pushing for workers included construction, which added 23,000 jobs and has increased by 297,000 over the year.