Hiring in metro projected to be the second weakest in the nation
Shana Rose Reporting
Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 5.9% in January, and the state was the only one to register a significant loss on a separate survey of payrolls and there might be more job weakness in the metro area on the horizon.
Manpower Group's latest survey shows the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner region to be the second weakest for projected hiring next quarter.
The survey covers the 100 biggest employers in the metro, and from April to June hiring is expected to slowdown, but
Clint Landry, the branch manager for the Manpower office covering the Greater New Orleans area, says the good news is that the vast majority, 72%, of those employers expect to maintain their current workforce levels. And he says "This is great news for those who have jobs already."
But, "Here in the New Orleans area, there's a larger increase, 7% to be exact, of employers who just did not know what their plans were. Which is a significant increase from last quarter of only 2%...If you compare us to other metropolitan areas, we would be line with other cities like Detroit, Sarasota, Florida and Seattle, Washington," says Landry.
At the same time, Manpower's survey shows employers in the state of Louisiana expect to hire at a strong pace during the second quarter of 2013.
"Employers' hiring expectations for the second quarter of 2013 are steady compared to Quarter 1 2013 when the Net Employment Outlook was 12%," said Manpower spokesperson Michael Doyle about the state results. "Compared to one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 9%, employers are slightly more confident about their staffing plans."