(As written by Jack Katznak and published in the Press-Enterprise, June 2013)
Inland Southern California workers looking for jobs could have an easier task this summer, a study by one of the country’s largest job placement firms found.
The survey, released Tuesday, June 11, by Manpower Inc., found that companies will be hiring in San Bernardino and Riverside counties during the third quarter in almost all types of job sectors. Of the firms questioned, 24 percent said they plan to increase their staffing levels in July-September; 8 percent predicted staff reductions.
A large majority, 68 percent, predict no change to the size of their workforces in the coming quarter.
A year ago, only 15 percent of Inland employers that Manpower interviewed said they plan to add staff, and 13 percent anticipate cutbacks. In the second quarter of this year, 18 percent said they’d be hiring, and 9 percent predicted workforce trims.
This dose of optimism, not seen at this level since the economy began to turn sour more than five years ago, was detected across the country. Manpower’s researchers, who talked to 18,000 employers nationally, found that the ratio of those who will hire workers to those who will reduce payrolls was at a four-year high. The company does not divulge how many employers are interviewed in individual markets.
Manpower’s predictions seem to parallel the latest unemployment figures for the Inland area, which dropped to 9.6 percent — the lowest in more than four years — in April. (This figure dropped to 9.2% in May based on the June 21, 2013 CA EDD unemployment data release.)
“You have to go back until at least 2008, when things started getting bad, since we’ve gotten good news like this,” said Evlyn Wilcox, president of Manpower’s San Bernardino office.
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More resources: Riverside Regional Intelligence Report, May 2013