HIRING: Employers say new job offers to slow down near end of year

Hiring is about to slow somewhat in the Dayton area, according to a new survey of local employers.

Employers in the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area — a region consisting of Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties — expect to hire at a slower pace during the fourth quarter of the year, according to the latest Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, released Tuesday.

Among area employers surveyed, 20 percent plan to hire more employees from October through December, Manpower said. Meanwhile, six percent plan to cut payrolls, while 72 percent of those surveyed plan to make no changes to current staff levels and two percent aren’t sure of their plans.

Manpower says that yields a “net employment outlook” of 14 percent, which is lower than the second quarter’s 24 percent. (The net outlook is the percentage of employers planning to hire minus the percentage planning to cut staff.)

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“Last year at this time (the fourth quarter of 2016), employers expected more hiring activity when the outlook was 18 percent,” said Tom Maher, owner of the Manpower of Dayton franchise.

For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in the manufacturing of both durable and nondurable goods, wholesale and retail trade, information, financial activities, professional and business services, other services and government.

However, construction, transportation and utilities are sectors where employers plan to cut staffing levels, while hiring in education and health services as well as leisure and hospitality is expected to remain unchanged.

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Nationally, of more than 11,500 employers surveyed, 21 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 6 percent expect a decline in their payrolls in the last quarter of the year.

Seventy-one percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining 2 percent of employers are undecided. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the national net employment outlook is 17 percent, unchanged compared to the same quarter last year, Manpower said.

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