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Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The newest data from Manpower shows that employers have a positive outlook and may be hiring for manufacturing jobs in San Antonio.

The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey reaffirms continued hiring confidence in the second quarter of 2014.

This is the third consecutive quarter with a Net Employment Outlook of +13%, which is the strongest Outlook since Quarter 2 2008 when the Outlook was +14%. The Quarter 2 Outlook is slightly stronger than one year ago when the Outlook was +11%.

Almost 19 percent anticipate an increase in staff levels in their Quarter 2 2014 hiring plans, while anticipated staff reductions are among the lowest in survey history at 4 percent. Seventy-three percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 4 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring intentions, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +15%. When seasonally adjusted, the Net Employment Outlook becomes +13%.

Employers have a positive Outlook in all 13 industry sectors included in the survey: Leisure & Hospitality (+20%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+19%), Mining (+18%), Professional & Business Services (+14%), Transportation & Utilities (+12%), Information (+12%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+11%), Government (+10%), Construction (+9%), Financial Activities (+8%), Education & Health Services (+8%), Other Services (+7%) and

Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+6%). When the industry sector data is compared quarter-over-quarter, employers in the Mining sector anticipate a moderate hiring increase, while employers in the Government sector anticipate a slight hiring increase. Staff levels are expected to remain relatively stable among employers in seven industry sectors: Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Information, Education & Health Services and Other Services. Employers in the Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services and Leisure & Hospitality sectors anticipate a slight decrease in the hiring pace, while Nondurable Goods Manufacturers expect a moderate hiring decrease.

“Although we expect measured, stable growth in new hiring for the coming quarter, the good news is that employers anticipate the lowest rate of workforce reductions in nearly four decades,” said ManpowerGroup President Jonas Prising. “With ninety-two percent of U.S. employers planning to hire or keep their staff levels steady, there is a sense of optimism that demand for goods and services is getting more predictable, allowing employers to feel more comfortable about business growth.”

“To keep the momentum going, employers need to rethink their talent strategies so they can make the most of continued demand when they feel it,” said Prising. “Flexible workforce models that incorporate a mix of full-time and contract staff are essential to getting ahead in today’s uncertain economic cycles. By remaining agile, business leaders can create adaptive workforces that leverage advanced technology and specialized teams to drive strong results.”