Mild Job Market Expected for San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos MSA

SAN DIEGO--()--San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos MSA employers expect to hire at a cautious pace during Quarter 1 2014, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

From January to March, 15 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 11 percent expect to reduce staff. Another 71 percent expect to maintain their current workforce levels and 3 percent are not certain of their hiring plans. This means a Net Employment Outlook* of 4 percent.

“Employers are going to be pleasantly surprised about the first quarter of 2014,” said Manpower San Diego President and CEO Phil Blair. “Trends are picking up.

“Although many employers will be taking a conservative approach to hiring, we feel that business will be better than most of them think it’s going to be.”

Summary of Results for San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA MSA

      Increase Staff       Decrease Staff       Maintain Staff       Don’t       Net Employment
Levels Levels Levels Know Outlook
Q1 2014
15% 11% 71% 3% 4%
Q4 2013
(previous quarter)
22% 6% 71% 1% 16%
Q1 2013
(one year ago)
15% 9% 71% 5% 6%

*The Net Employment Outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.

For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, information, professional and business services and government. Employers in nondurable goods manufacturing, financial activities, education and health services and other services plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality is expected to remain unchanged.

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Results for the United States

Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed in the United States, 17 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 7 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Quarter 1 2014. Seventy-three percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining 3 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook is 13 percent, stable compared to the Quarter 4 2013 Net Employment Outlook of 13 percent.

To complement the Quarter 1 2014 survey results, an infographic is available for download. “Where the Jobs are” offers a snapshot of data and trends from the survey, including key state- and metro area-specific Outlooks along with an industry forecast. To view the infographic or press releases for other Metropolitan Statistical Areas or states, visit

The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on March 11, 2014, to report hiring expectations for Quarter 2 2014. To receive e-mail notification when the survey is available each quarter, visit

About the Survey

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforces during the next quarter. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey’s United States results are based on interviews with 18,000 employers located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, which includes the largest 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on number of business establishments. The mix of industries within the survey follows the North American Industry Classification System Supersectors and is structured to be representative of the U.S. economy.

The complete results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey can be found online at There you will also find the results for the 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas surveyed, the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Questions can be directed to

About Manpower San Diego

Manpower of San Diego was started in 1977 and is owned by Phil Blair and Mel Katz. The franchise consistently ranks as one of the largest employers in San Diego and southern Riverside Counties and supports businesses through their many offices. Each day, Manpower has approximately 2,500 skilled associates on jobs in office, retail, industrial, technical and health care areas. All Manpower offices are registered and certified to ISO 9002 by the Quality Management Institute (QMI). ISO 9002 is one of five standards associated with the ISO 9000 series, the international standard of quality for all businesses.


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