Job seekers face ‘mild’ and ‘unsteady’ prospects in Triangle

Posted June 9, 2009

— People out of work face uncertain prospects for finding a new job in the Triangle area, Manpower reports in its latest employment survey.

“Mild” and “unsteady” is how Manpower describes the third quarter job forecast.

In Raleigh-Cary, the jobless rate dipped to 8.3 percent in April from 8.7 percent in March. The Durham-Chapel Hill rate fell to 7.3 percent in April from 7.6 percent. May jobless figures will be disclosed June 26.

Manpower labels the Raleigh-Cary hiring outlook for the third quarter as “mild.” In Raleigh-Cary, some 15 percent of firms surveyed by the employment services company say they plan to hire more workers.

However, 14 percent plan to cut staff. Some 65 percent of companies plan to preserve current payrolls. The remaining 6 percent are unsure.

The survey is little changed from the second quarter survey, noted Manpower’s Michael Doyle.

“The hiring activity is expected to be slightly stronger than the previous quarter when 14 percent of companies surveyed planned to increase staff levels and 15 percent expected to cut payrolls,” Doyle said in a statement.

According to Manpower, best job prospects are in:

  • Nondurable goods manufacturing
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Professional and business services
  • Leisure and hospitality

In Durham, hiring will be at an “unsteady pace,” Manpower reported. Some 12 percent of firms plan to add workers; however, 16 percent are looking to cut jobs.

While 3 percent are not certain about work force needs, 69 percent of the firms surveyed plan to maintain payroll size.

“The hiring activity is expected to be consistent to the previous quarter when 10 percent of companies surveyed planned to increase staff levels and 14 percent expected to cut payrolls,” Doyle said.

Best chances for getting hired are in:

  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Education and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality

The Triangle forecast reflects the national survey with 15 percent of employers planning to add staff but 13 percent looking to cut. Manpower described the employment outlook as “sluggish.”

“The data shows continued hesitancy among employers,” said Jonas Prising, president of the Americas at Manpower. “They are treading slowly and watching with guarded optimism, hoping a few quarters of stability will be the precursor to the recovery.”


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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 9, 2009

    "TruthBKnown Returns - Er, Clinton inherited a recession from Bush I, didnt he?"

    I don't recall, but I'm not disputing that. But eight years later, he left a recession to Jr, himself. And if Bush 41 left a recession to Clinton, that may be a big part of the reason he did not win re-election.

  • ThinkChick Jun 9, 2009

    As a business owner I would be more open to investing and hiring if the government would get off my back and out of my pocket!!!

  • Raleigh Boys Jun 9, 2009

    TruthBKnown Returns -
    Er, Clinton inherited a recession from Bush I, didnt he?

  • Caveman93 Jun 9, 2009

    Yeah don't blame Obama for anything especially this. This is way above his paygrade and the buck does not ever nor will ever stop with him! Blame Bush. I still blame him for things all day long too. Remember, as long as you have good intensions it's the right thing to do so keep that money a printing fools!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 9, 2009

    "Stop blaming Obama for the mess Bush left him to clean up. Wake up and smell the coffee. The recession began in Bush's final year, and you do not fix something this large over night."

    Are we to assume, then, that you concede that the recession Bush inherited in 2000 was because of Bill Clinton?

    After all, what comes around goes around.

  • Raleigh Boys Jun 9, 2009

    Someone made a you tube spoof about the NC economy and politics

  • meh2 Jun 9, 2009

    Great arguments - well reasoned, well written, and as usual, useless.

  • Sumo Vita Jun 9, 2009

    "WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU PROMISED MR OBAMA!!! Why is America still losing jobs faster and holding that loss at a higher rate than you said?"

    Yeah, and when did you stop beating your wife?

    When did Obama promise a specific job loss rate? References, please? What does "holding that loss at a higher rate than you said" even mean? Do you proof-read your gibberish before you post?

    And if you really want an answer to your rhetoric, look in the mirror. The sobering reality is that it was people like YOU and YOUR precious GOP that dug us into this hole. And now, rather than join us in pulling ourselves out of it, all you do is whine, complain, throw tantrums, and make a general nuisance of yourselves.

    Grow up. Give us a hand, or get out of the way. But for heavens sake stop this pointless ranting.

  • alphabaker Jun 9, 2009

    key point is that the world is filled with minimal wage workers. you have to have a skill/education that is in demand.

  • Weaker Pelosi Jun 9, 2009

    Shaleen, please don't quote Pelosi, kills any argument you may have. And he isn't from God, Jim Jones would have loved you.