Jun 11, 2013 1:06 PM by Andy Koen
COLORADO SPRINGS - Things are looking up for local job hunters this summer. According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, 29 percent of employers in the Colorado Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area plan to increase their staff levels during the third quarter. The hiring picture is good enough that the Springs ranks as 5th best job market among the survey's 100 largest metropolitan areas.
"Employers' hiring expectations for Quarter 3 2013 are stronger compared to Quarter 2 2013 when the Net Employment Outlook was 16%," said Manpower spokesperson Wendy Coegnsgen. "Compared to one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 21%, employers are similarly optimistic about their staffing
The best job prospects are in Construction, Durable Goods and Manufacturing, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Professional & Business Services, Leisure & Hospitality, Other Services and Government.
The sectors where employers plan to reduce staffing levels are Education & Health Services. Meanwhile, hiring is expected to remain flat this quarter in the Information and Financial Activities sectors.
More than 18,000 employers nationwide participate in the survey. Across the US, 22 percent of employers plan to add jobs, 6 percent plan to cut jobs and 70 percent are making no change to their staff levels.