"Hopeful" Job Market Expected this Summer

TAMPA, FL and MILWAUKEE, WI (970 WFLA) -- A new survey indicates Bay area employers are continuing to add jobs at a steady pace this summer, but perhaps not as quickly as their counterparts across the nation.

Staffing firm Manpower says 15 percent of local businesses plan to add emnployees from July through September.  That compares with 23 percent statewide, and 24 percent in the Manpower national survey. The firm characterizes the employment outlook as "hopeful" in a news release.

Three percent of Bay area businesses plan to reduce payrolls, and most of the rest are keeping staffing at current levels. Most sectors are adding jobs locally, or at least sticking with current hiring levels. Only Transportation and Utilities businesses are looking at cutbacks.

Bay area numbers are roughly comparable with those from a year ago. Manpower, based in Wisconsin, conducts its Employment Outlook surveys four times each year. 

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