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Manpower projects job growth

June 22, 2003

Another season of satisfactory job growth is predicted for the Hagerstown area during the third quarter of this year, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

From July to September, 30 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 10 percent intend to reduce their workforce, said Manpower spokesperson Scott Misal. Another 60 percent expect to maintain current staff levels.

"Last quarter, employers reported similar hiring intentions when 30 percent forecast adding workers and 10 percent anticipated reductions," Misal said. "The job outlook held more potential a year ago at this time as 40 percent of companies surveyed thought staff increases were likely and 3 percent intended to cut back."

New job openings are foreseen in the coming quarter in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing and Wholesale/Retail Trades. Transportation/Public Utilities firms plan job reductions, while Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing and Services employers report mixed hiring intentions. Hiring in other sectors is expected to remain unchanged.

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The national results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey show that U.S. employers remain cautious in their hiring intentions for the third quarter. Even though companies across the country anticipate some job opportunities in the July-September period, their hiring forecast has decreased since the second quarter survey and has dropped lower than it was a year ago at this time.

The national employment outlook reveals that of the 16,000 employers surveyed, 20 percent plan to increase hiring activity for the third quarter, while 9 percent expect a decrease in job prospects.

Some 65 percent of the companies surveyed expect no change in hiring, and 6 percent are uncertain of their employment plans.

The complete results of the national Manpower Employment Outlook Survey can be found in the Press Room of the organization's Web site at www.manpower.com.




About the study


The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their work force during the next quarter. The survey in the U.S. is based on interviews with nearly 16,000 public and private employers in 470 markets across the country.

Manpower Inc. provides work force management services and solutions to customers through 3,900 offices in 63 countries. More information on the company can be found at www.manpower.com/.

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