Spring won't bring a bumper crop of jobs to central Ohio, but job-seekers could have some luck if they're interested in information technology or hospitality work. Hiring by central Ohio employers during the second quarter will be less brisk than it was in the same quarter a year ago, according to Manpower's employment outlook survey.
Spring won’t bring a bumper crop of jobs to central Ohio, but job-seekers could have some luck if they’re interested in information technology or hospitality work.
Hiring by central Ohio employers during the second quarter will be less brisk than it was in the same quarter a year ago, according to Manpower’s employment outlook survey.
On a more-positive note, the survey, released this morning, also shows that the percentage of companies expecting to cut staffing is expected to fall.
Manpower said 16 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more workers during the April-to-June quarter, while 3 percent expect to reduce their staff. Of the rest, 74 percent said they will maintain current workforce levels, and 7 percent aren’t certain.
The 13 percentage-point spread between hiring companies and those laying off is 4 points below last spring’s. Over the winter, 16 percent of employers said they would be hiring while 8 percent indicated they would be cutting back.
“Right now, everyone is maintaining and adding wherever they need to,” said Sue Ellen Deiley, managing director in central Ohio for Experis, a professional-services company that is part of Manpower. “It’s conservative growth, not rapid growth.”
A year ago, 23 percent said they would be hiring going into spring. At the same time, 6 percent of companies said they would be decreasing their staff, double this year’s level.
The survey notes that the best job prospects in central Ohio for the coming quarter include construction, manufacturing, professional and business services, financial activities and leisure and hospitality.
“We’re very busy. We’re very consistent,” Deiley said.
Companies are looking to fill specific kinds of jobs — particularly in information technology — that can drive business higher, she said.
The increase in leisure and hospitality hiring is noteworthy, she said, because it suggests that consumers are more confident about the economy and are willing to spend money at restaurants or take trips.
“That’s great news,” she said. “All we’ve been hearing about is that people don’t have money to take vacations or people don’t have money to eat out.”
The outlook for central Ohio is about the same as for the state, with 16 percent of employers statewide saying they will add employees and 4 percent planning cuts.
The best outlook among Ohio metro areas was in Cincinnati, followed by Toledo. Dayton’s prospects mirror Columbus’.