Mild Job Market Expected for Portland in 2013
Source: Manpower Group
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA employers expect to hire at a healthy pace during Quarter 1 2013, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
From January to March, 18% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 6% expect to reduce staff. Another 74% expect to maintain their current workforce levels and 2% are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* of 12%.
“Hiring activity is expected to increase during the first quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012 when the Net Employment Outlook was 3%,” said Manpower spokesperson Tyler Dion. “Employers also expect improved employment prospects compared with one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 5%.”
For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Information, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Other Services and Government. Employers in Transportation & Utilities plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in Leisure & Hospitality is expected to remain unchanged.