According to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, the national Outlook for the second quarter of 2019 has fallen to +4 percent, on a par with the weakest levels of confidence seen in recent years.
When broken down into seven industry sectors, all seven expect to add payrolls in the next three months, despite the overall modest hiring outlook.
Reporting the strongest hiring plans, the services sector has a net employment outlook of +18%.
Another sector that is much more downbeat this quarter is Transport, Storage and Comms, which has now recorded a negative employment Outlook for three straight quarters, reaching -4 percent this quarter, its least optimistic Outlook since 2010.
The survey looked from the ManpowerGroup looked at more than 1,900 Canadian employers and found 84 per cent of Calgary businesses are expected to hold employment at current levels.More news: Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool back as European force
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However, with seasonal variations removed from the data, Hamilton's second-quarter outlook of 17 per cent is an eight-percentage-point decrease when compared to the previous quarter.
The survey also points to the best job prospects in South Florida: manufacturing, information, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, other services and government. One per cent said thyey were unsure of their hiring plans. Moderate hiring activity is forecast for three regions with Net Employment Outlooks of +7%: Free State, Gauteng and Western Cape. The most notable improvements of 6 percentage points are reported in the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing sector, the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services sector and the Manufacturing sector. Of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job prospects are expected in Greensboro, NC; Denver; Indianapolis; Sacramento, Calif.; Albany, NY; Deltona, Fla.; and Madison, Wis.
Employers said they expect spring hiring levels to be unchanged in construction, transportation and utilities, and wholesale and retail trades. Meanwhile, Micro- and Medium-size employers report cautious hiring plans with Outlooks of +1%.
Employers in Indiana, Maine, Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina and OR reported the strongest employment outlooks. "It is also a five percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time past year, indicating a flat hiring pace for the upcoming months". The survey encompassed more than 60,000 employers around the world, including more than 11,600 in the US.