Austin looks strong for jobs in 4Q, survey finds

Sep 10, 2013
Austin Business Journal

The final three months of 2013 is looking good for the Austin area in terms of jobs, according to a report released Tuesday

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey pegs the Austin metropolitan area of having the fifth-best hiring pace in the U.S. during the fourth quarter

Twenty-six percent of local companies interviewed for the survey plan to hire more workers between October and December, an increase from 21 percent one year ago. Meanwhile, some 8 percent plan to reduce staff, a rise from 6 percent during the same quarter in 2012

Another 63 percent will maintain their current employees and 3 percent aren't sure of their hiring plans, the survey found. All in all, the results yield a Net Employment Outlook of 18 percent, up from 15 percent last year. The outlook percentage is found by subtracting the percentage of employers planning to decrease hiring activity from those planning to increase hiring activity

Job prospects in Austin appear best in construction, wholesale and retail trade, professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality and government

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