Survey: Raleigh-Cary employment picture brightens a bit

Posted September 7, 2010

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— More than 20 percent of employers in the Raleigh-Cary metro area are planning to add workers in the fourth quarter, talent management and recruiting firm Manpower reported Tuesday.

Six percent are expected to cut payrolls while 71 percent are planning to maintain current staff, Manpower reported. The remaining 2 percent are unsure.

The survey results leave the Raleigh-Cary metropolitan statistical area with a net positive employment outlook of 15 percent.

That figure is the “best in the nation,” Manpower said in its report. It is a slight increase from 14 percent in the third quarter.

Raleigh-Cary shared the hiring index top spot with Washington, D.C. Poughkeepsie-Newburg-Middleton placed third at 14. Charlotte finished in the top 10 with a index rating of 11.

Manpower no longer reports data about the Durham-Chapel Hill metro statistical area.

“Due to a methodology adjustment, we are no longer offering a report specific to Durham-Chapel Hill,” Mary Ann Lasky, manager of external communications for Manpower, told and Local Tech Wire. “Beginning with the Quarter 3 survey in June 2010, we are reporting on the largest 100 metropolitan statistical areas (based on the number of business establishments). We have also added reports for all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Previously, we reported on 201 metropolitan statistical areas.”

Raleigh-Cary area employers 'optimistic'

“Employers are similarly optimistic about hiring plans for the final three months of the year compared to Quarter 3 2010 when the Net Employment Outlook was 14 percent,” Manpower spokesperson Michael Doyle said in a statement. “Employers expect a significantly faster hiring pace compared with one year ago, when the Net Employment Outlook was -6 percent.”

In the third quarter survey, 19 percent of firms said they planned to add workers while 5 percent were looking to make cuts. A year ago, only 6 percent of companies were looking to hire, while 12 percent planned reductions.

Unemployment in the Research Triangle metro area dropped slightly in July to 8 percent from 8.2 percent in June. The state’s overall unemployment rate is 9.9 percent.

Based on the survey, Manpower said the “best” job prospects were in:

  • Durable goods manufacturing
  • Transportation and utilities
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Information
  • Financial activities
  • Professional and business Services
  • Education and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality and other services

Meanwhile, across North Carolina, Manpower reported a net positive outlook of 8 percent with 15 percent of firms planning to hire and 7 percent looking to make cuts. That’s lower than in the third quarter.

“Employers expect to slow down the hiring pace compared to Quarter 3 2010 when the Net Employment Outlook was 12,” Doyle said.

Nationally, Manpower reported that employers plan “a slight gain in employment” with a net 5 percent of firms looking to add workers. That is up from 1 percent a year ago.

However, Manpower’s chief executive officer and chairman warned that the job market isn’t strengthening substantially.

“Clearly there are signs of a softening labor market, but when we consider what we are hearing from our clients and by looking at our own business, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic," Jeff Joerres said in a statement. "The hiring intentions for the fourth quarter are not enough to break through the labor market sound barrier that we're all eagerly anticipating, as 71 percent of employers indicate no change in hiring."


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  • Ready2Taxi Sep 7, 2010

    This is a re-gurge of the Local Tech Wire story. Almost 3/4 of employers surveyed are making no changes. Trying to pry some good news out of a mostly flat report.

  • Big Mike Sep 7, 2010

    "More than 20 percent of employers in the Raleigh-Cary metro area are planning to add workers in the fourth quarter, talent management and recruiting firm Manpower reported Tuesday"...

    Must be some new Burger Kings, Walmarts, and McDonald's going up in the area....

  • Gatsby Sep 7, 2010

    "this is good, but on the other hand, does it mean that people are going to be flocking here like lemmings again?"
    Next time you drive down Capital Blvd/US1 look at the car in front of you , to your left & right...I bet 2 out of 3 will be from another state. We all must realize that with each new vehicle battling for a position on a major roadway that is already flowing over its limits with traffic the quality of life for the residents goes down. Its not a matter of "if" but a matter of "when" Raleigh NC is no longer a preferred home for anyone.

  • A Libertarian Sep 7, 2010

    wildcat - why do you and other socialists keep blaming bush. The liberals took over congress in 2006. They had both houses and that is when all the stupid stuff began. I agree, bush should have vetoed every one of those bills produced by the liberals, but it is still the liberals that wrote the bills that got us in here. Example, the republicans have authored 8 bills to get rid of Fannie and Freddie since 2000 and everytime the liberals been blocking. In fact they have been preaching how great these two orgs have been. After all, 10% of tax money going to these orgs go directly to the democrats campaign funds.

    At least get your lies straight and you will not look like a dufus no more.

  • smegma Sep 7, 2010

    why do they always go to Manpower for the "hard numbers" ? It's nothing more than a free advertisement for them. They are nothing more than another dumb staffing agency that rips its workers off.

  • RMC10 Sep 7, 2010

    Well now there's a forecast you can count on - it's the up-hiring to handle Holiday associated activities. Happens every year - even in bad economic times. Between Oct and Jan. 6th...these are not permanent jobs with benefits, and people on unemployment can't even take these jobs, because it will bump them off their unemployment checks. This is not a big recovery thing!

  • wildcat Sep 7, 2010

    Why is Gov. Purdue not concern with the job situation in NC? She should be and she should remember voting time is just around the corner.

  • wildcat Sep 7, 2010

    then it will be back to the same old same old of blaming Bush!!!

    What is wrong with that since he was the last man in office before Obama walked in. Remember Bush and the Republicans made the mess. The Democrates and Obama is simply trying to clean it up. Its taking a long while because of the mess left before Obama got there.

  • wildcat Sep 7, 2010

    Manpower is nothing more than a employment agency/temporary.

    Correct. These agencies are not really helping the unemployed at all. Rememeber the agent that was down-loading movies, etc. to pass the time. Sure he was fired immediately. But how many other are there and not helping the unemployed. The state need to really check this out.

  • GWALLY Sep 7, 2010

    ...."If our leaders put as much time and effort in creating jobs as they did shoving health care down our throats there would be more to choose from....."

    Just remember this was all about THEIR political health (aka buying votes)...NOT YOUR HEALTH CARE!!!!!!