Mar 13, 2012 6:48 PM by Matt Stafford
If you're looking for a job, the local market appears to be looking brighter. A new study of Colorado Springs businesses says nine out of ten will stay the same size or increase staff over the next four months.
According to the quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, only five percent of Colorado Springs businesses sampled say they'll be cutting jobs.
The Manpower survey goes on to say 19 percent of business are looking to hire in the second quarter of 2012. That's up from thirteen percent in the previous quarter, and 13 percent in the second quarter a year ago.
At the Colorado Springs branch, Manpower employees say a lot of jobs should be coming in construction and manufacturing. Other areas looking promising according to their report are transportation & utilities jobs, wholesale & retail trade, and leisure & hospitality.
"For the first time in three years we're seeing double-digit gains, and that is really exciting," says Wendy Coensgen; Colorado Springs branch manager for Manpower Inc.
Manpower says in southern Colorado the job market is improving a little faster than the national average; 18 percent of businesses nationally are planning to add staff over the next four months, according to the report.
Locally job reductions look to be coming from the financial activities industry as well as education and health services. The report says hiring in the information sector looks like it will remain unchanged.