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Local Hiring Outlook Holds Steady

San Diego employers are mostly holding steady on their hiring plans for the fourth quarter, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Sept. 11.

The survey shows that 46 percent of those responding to the survey said they plan to maintain their current staffing levels, while 36 percent said they expect to hire more employees.

Sixteen percent said they would be cutting their staffs, and 2 percent weren’t sure what they were going to do.

“Hiring intentions among area employers are more modest than in the third quarter when 46 percent of the companies interviewed intended to add employees, and 10 percent planned to reduce staff levels,” said Phil Blair, president of Manpower San Diego.

Employer confidence was weaker when compared with the same quarter a year ago. For the fourth quarter of 2006, 44 percent of companies surveyed planned to increase staffing and 12 percent said they would be reducing staffing.

The survey found the best job prospects were in the areas of transportation/public utilities and education. Employers in public administration were cutting back.

, Mike Allen

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