Looking for a job? A Manpower survey suggests you may face a slog.
In its Employment Outlook Survey, released Tuesday, the temporary staffing giant listed Las Vegas among the U.S. cities with the weakest job outlooks for the second quarter, which runs April to June.
Manpower’s results, ranking job outlooks for 100 metropolitan statistical areas, came from more than 11,000 interviews with employers.
Nationwide, the survey found that of businesses polled, 22 percent expected to increase staff, 4 percent expected to cut staff, and 72 percent expected no change in the second quarter. That resulted in an 18 percent net employment outlook. Manpower’s national second-quarter poll results looked exactly the same a year earlier.
Las Vegas joined Youngstown, Ohio; Akron, Ohio; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; for the dimmest second-quarter outlooks in America. Las Vegas’ net employment outlook was 8 percent.
Nevada joined Wyoming, Louisiana and New Jersey as states projecting the weakest employment outlooks, the survey said.
Manpower said Charlotte, N.C.; Omaha, Nebraska; Albany, N.Y.; and Boise, Idaho; projected the strongest second-quarter hiring outlooks among U.S. cities. Nebraska, Idaho, Rhode Island and Iowa projected the strongest employment outlooks among states.
On the upside, Manpower said polled employers have a positive hiring outlook in all 13 surveyed industry sectors. The highest hiring intentions came from leisure and hospitality (plus-31 percent), wholesale and retail trade (plus-22 percent), transportation and utilities (plus-19 percent) and professional and business services (plus-18 percent), Manpower said.
Overall, the West had an 18 percent employment outlook for the quarter; 22 percent of businesses polled expected to add staff and 4 percent expected cuts. The region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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