San Diego Business Journal

Survey: Hiring Pace to Remain Unchanged

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Employment prospects in San Diego won’t be much different in the third quarter as they were in the second quarter, which are fairly weak, based on the most recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released June 14.

The report stated 18 percent of local employers say they expect to increase hiring in the upcoming quarter, while 8 percent said they intend to cut their staffing.

Of those polled, 73 percent said they expect to maintain the current staffing levels, while 1 percent said they weren’t sure.

In the second quarter, 15 percent said they were increasing staffing levels, while 5 percent were reducing their staffs, and 77 percent were maintaining the current staffing levels. Three percent said then they weren’t sure.

Phil Blair, co-owner of Manpower Temporary Services here, said local employers generally expect weaker prospects in the third quarter compared with one year earlier, when the survey found that 24 percent planned to hire additional workers.

Nationally, the Manpower survey found that 20 percent of employers anticipate hiring more people, while 8 percent expect to cut jobs, and 69 percent said they expect no change in staffing levels.

— Mike Allen