Positive Job Market Expected for San Diego, Carlsbad, San Marcos

SAN DIEGO--()--Employers expect to hire at a respectable pace during Quarter 2 2012, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

From April to June, 16 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 7 percent expect to reduce staff. Another 75 percent expect to maintain their current workforce levels and 2 percent are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* of 9 percent.

“The employment forecast for the second quarter is brighter compared to the first quarter of 2012 when the Net Employment Outlook was 1 percent,” said Manpower spokesperson Phil Blair. “Employers expect similar employment prospects compared with one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 10 percent.”

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

  Increase Staff Levels     Decrease Staff Levels     Maintain Staff Levels     Don’t Know     Net Employment Outlook
Q2 2012
16 percent 7 percent 75 percent 2 percent 9 percent
Q1 2012
(previous quarter)
15 percent 14 percent 66 percent 5 percent 1 percent
Q2 2011
(one year ago)
15 percent 5 percent 77 percent 3 percent 10 percent

*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 Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Information, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, Other Services and Government. Employers in Construction and Wholesale & Retail Trade plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing 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, 16 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 11 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Quarter 4 2011. Seventy percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining three percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook is +7 percent, relatively stable compared to the Quarter 3 2011 Net Employment Outlook of +8 percent.

To view results for other Metropolitan Statistical Areas or states, visit http://press.manpower.com.

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 in the online Press Room at http://press.manpower.com. 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 press@na.manpower.com.


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