Hiring in Tulsa expected to rise during first quarter
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
12/11/12 at 3:58 AM
Hiring in metro Tulsa should pick up in the first quarter of next year, a survey by the Manpower staffing firm indicates.
About 18 percent of local companies will seek to add employees in the first three months of the year, up from 13 percent in the fourth quarter, the study found. The first quarter of 2012 also saw 13 percent wanting to hire.
From January to March 2013, only 2 percent of local businesses expect to reduce staff, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. An additional 77 percent expect to maintain their current work force levels, and 3 percent said they are not certain.
Under Manpower's methodology, the numbers for the first quarter yielded a net employment outlook of 16 percent for the Tulsa area.
"Hiring activity is expected to increase during the first quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012 when the net employment outlook was 8 percent," said Manpower spokeswoman Kelly Beyer.
"Employers also expect improved employment prospects compared with one year ago when the net employment outlook was 11 percent."
The net employment outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting the percentage of expecting a decrease.
For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, information, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and other services.
Hiring in government is expected to remain unchanged, the survey found.
The outlook for Oklahoma overall was especially strong, Manpower reported.
From January to March, 18 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 4 percent expect to reduce their payrolls. An additional 75 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels, and 3 percent are not certain.
The numbers yielded a net employment outlook of 14, which placed Oklahoma as the fifth-best state in the nation, Manpower said.
Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed across the United States, 17 percent expect to add to their work forces, and 8 percent see a decline during the first quarter.
Seventy-two percent anticipate making no change, and the remaining 3 percent are undecided.
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