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Manpower survey finds area summer job prospects good

May 20, 2002

Summer holds promise for Hagerstown-area job seekers, according to the latest Employment Outlook Survey, released by Manpower Inc.

The quarterly poll of local firms reveals that 40 percent plan to increase their staffs during the July/August/September period, while 3 percent foresee reductions.

Another 54 percent will stay at current levels, and 3 percent remain uncertain.

"Three months ago the outlook was only slightly softer, when 40 percent reported hiring intentions and 10 percent foresaw the need to trim personnel," said J. Todd Streett of Manpower. "Employers were more reserved a year ago at this time as 33 percent said they would add workers and 17 percent predicted cutbacks."

New employment opportunities are envisioned this summer in construction, durable goods manufacturing, transportation/public utilities, wholesale/retail trade and services. Nondurable goods manufacturers are divided over their personnel needs.

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On a national basis, employers expect to increase their hiring activity during the summer months, extending the steady progress toward recovery first seen in the second quarter. Current results indicate 27 percent of firms interviewed intend to staff up, 8 percent anticipate reducing personnel levels and 59 percent foresee no changes. The remaining 6 percent are uncertain of their plans.

Manpower Inc. conducts the Employment Outlook Survey in the U.S. on a quarterly basis. It is a measurement of employers' intentions to increase or decrease the permanent workforce, and during its 26-year history has been a significant indicator of employment trends.

The survey is based on telephone interviews with nearly 16,000 public and private employers in 477 U.S. markets.

For more information, visit Manpower's U.S. Web site at www.us.manpower.com.

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