Manpower Survey: Local employers optimistic and hiring this summer
Shana Rose Reporting
If employment trends are any indication, the metro is in for a strong economic third quarter. The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows employers expect to hire at a solid pace locally during the third quarter.
This report is kind of surprising, after last quarters' numbers for the New Orleans area were very weak. Clint Landry, Branch Manager with the local Manpower office says there was a lot of uncertainty then about healthcare and the larger economy, but one quarter is not derailing the metro's trajectory forward. "Actually Q3 of this year, and Q3 of last of year were the highest two quarters of the last five years," he says.
From July to September, 18% of the companies interviewed by Manpower plan to hire more employees, while 6% expect to
reduce staff. Another 74% expect to maintain their current workforce levels and 2% are not certain of their hiring plans. "This yields a 'Net Employment Outlook' of 12%," says Landry.
Employers seem to be optimistic locally he says, and this area is doing better than the state. "Their net is a little bit under, one percent actually, under the New Orleans market."
Manpower's report shows "For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Financial Activities and Leisure and Hospitality."
But on the other hand employers look to reduce staffing levels in other sectors, like Transportation and Utilities, and Education and Health Services. "Hiring in Information, Professional and Business Services, and Government is expected to remain unchanged."