New Orleans area employers are looking to add jobs in the coming months.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey finds that from April to June, 18% of the companies interviewed in the region plan to hire more employees, while 3% expect to reduce staff. Another 74% said they expect to maintain their current workforce levels.
That all means that a net of 15% of companies expect to grow in the spring.
"Hiring activity is expected to increase during the second quarter of 2014 compared to Quarter 1 when the Net Employment Outlook was 11%," Manpower spokesman Clint Landry said in a news release. "Employers expect significantly improved employment prospects compared with one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 5%."
Statewide, the picture is similar.
"Employers in Louisiana expect to hire at a promising pace during the second quarter of 2014," according to Manpower spokesman Michael Doyle.
From April to June, 16% of the companies interviewed in the state said they plan to hire more employees, while 4% expect to reduce their payrolls. That's a net of 12% of Louisiana employers looking to hire.