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Survey Notes Hiring Is Expected to Rise in the County During 2000

Some 61 percent of San Diego County employers expect to increase their payrolls during the third quarter of 2000, according to a survey conducted by Manpower Temporary Services.

Five percent of respondents said they would need fewer workers in the July-through-September period, while 34 percent said they intended to stay at current levels.

“This third quarter may be one of the most active hiring periods of the year, and with the robust economy, quite challenging for recruiting and retaining workers,” said Phil Blair, president of Manpower Temporary Services of San Diego. Blair owns the local franchise with Mel Katz.

During the second quarter of 2000, 56 percent of employers planned to increase staff and 6 percent predicted reductions.

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In the third quarter of 1999, 41 percent of respondents said they planned work-force additions and 3 percent planned cutbacks.

The survey is a measurement of employers’ intentions to increase or decrease their permanent work force. Typically, Manpower polls representatives of more than 100 medium- to large-sized companies in San Diego County for the quarterly survey, said spokesman Gerald Poindexter.

Looking at the third quarter of 2000 nationally, 35 percent of employers surveyed plan staff additions, 5 percent expect reductions, 55 percent anticipate no change and 5 percent are undecided. The figures are based on Manpower’s telephone interviews with nearly 16,000 public and private employers in 488 U.S. cities.

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