Dec 14, 2004 8:26 a.m.
WARREN, Ohio -- Warren/Youngstown area employers expect to hire at a strong pace during the first quarter of 2005, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. From January to March, 23% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 3% expect to reduce their payrolls, according to Manpower district manager Dennis Yurco. Another 71% expect to maintain their current staff levels and 3% are not certain of their hiring plans.
“In the Warren/Youngstown area, employers expect slightly more hiring activity than in the fourth quarter when 20% of the companies interviewed intended to increase headcount, and 3% planned to decrease it," said Yurco. "Employers are more optimistic about hiring than they were a year ago when 20% of companies surveyed thought employment increases were likely and 10% intended to cut back."
For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Finance/Insurance/Real Estate and Services. Durable Goods Manufacturers voice mixed hiring intentions. Hiring in Construction, Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation/Public Utilities, Wholesale/Retail Trade, Education and Public Administration is expected to remain unchanged.
Other areas in the northeast Ohio region include Akron, where 43% of employers plan to increase the size of their work force over the next quarter; Canton (33%); and Cleveland-Lorain/Elyria (22%).