One-fifth of the employers in Phoenix area expect to hire in the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest Outlook Survey. The same percentage of employers also planned to hire this quarter, while 17 percent of employers around Phoenix planned to hire at this time last year. The sectors that plan to expand include construction, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade and several others. From April to June, 3 percent of Phoenix employers expect to lay off staff. Six percent of employers planned layoffs in the current quarter. The percentage of employers who plan to maintain their staffing levels increased from 69 percent in the first quarter to 72 percent in the second quarter. The percentage who were not certain of their staffing plans remained unchanged at 5 percent. The net employment outlook for the second quarter is expected to be 17 percent. “The employment forecast for the second quarter is slightly brighter compared to the first quarter of 2012 when the net employment outlook was 14 percent,” said Manpower spokesman Frank Amendariz. “Employers expect stronger employment prospects compared with one year ago when the net employment outlook was 13 percent.” Across the United States, of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 18 percent plan to add employees, and 6 percent expect layoffs. Four percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans and 72 percent of employers anticipate no change in staff. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ expectations to hire or layoff employees.
Source: Phoenix Business Journal