Harlan Taylor, right, leads a tour of the blast furnace at AK Steel Nov. 16 in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Employers say they’re poised to hire in 2019

Employers in the Dayton area will hire at a “respectable” pace in the first quarter of the new year, according to Manpower’s newest survey of area employers.

Nearly a quarter — 24 percent — of surveyed employers plan to hire new employees from January to March next year, the survey found.

This number is offset by the four percent of survey participants who plan to reduce their payrolls, while 71 percent of employers expect to maintain current staffing levels.

Just one percent of survey respondents indicated they are not sure of their hiring plans.

That yields what Manpower calls a “net employment outlook” of 20 percent — the percentage of surveyed employers planning to cut workers subtracted from the percentage who plan to add workers.

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The net employment outlook for this quarter, the fourth quarter of 2018, was 21 percent, Manpower found. In the year’s first quarter, it was 17 percent.

The next quarter is looking to be a strong one for job applicants, said Tom Maher, owner of the Manpower franchise in Kettering.

The survey identified the most promising employment sectors as 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 and leisure.

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Locally, hiring is expected to remain unchanged in construction as well as government.

The national outlook is also strong, pegged at 20 percent.

More than 12,500 U.S. employers report double-digit outlooks across the country, with the best prospects in transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality and professional and business Services, the national Manpower office said.

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