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The second-quarter employment outlook for the Tulsa metro area is tied for second best in the nation, according to results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Tulsa employment outlook second best nationally

By LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer Published: 3/8/2011  2:22 AM Last Modified: 3/8/2011  5:40 AM
The second-quarter employment outlook for the Tulsa metro area is tied for second best in the nation, according to results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. Of those companies interviewed, 22 percent said they plan to hire more employees, while 2 percent expect to cut staff. Another 73 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels, and 3 percent are unsure of their hiring plans. That report for the April-to-June period is even more upbeat than the first quarter, when the Tulsa area’s hiring outlook was tied for fourth best in the nation. “When it starts in one industry, it tends to feed into others,” said Kelly Beyer, a branch manager for manpower in Tulsa. “Here in Tulsa we’re seeing aerospace increase their opportunities. A variety of call centers are hiring.” Tulsa’s second-quarter net employment outlook of 20 percent matched the Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, S.C., metro for second best in the nation. They were preceded only by Lexington-Fayette, Ky., which posted a 24 percent net employment outlook. The net employment outlook is derived by subtracting the percentage of employers who plan to cut staff from the percentage who expect to increase hiring. The New York, Northern New Jersey and Long Island area had the weakest hiring outlook. In the Oklahoma City area, 13 percent of companies interviewed plan to hire more staff for the upcoming quarter while 4 percent expect cutbacks. Another 80 percent plan to maintain staff levels, and 3 percent are unsure. Nationwide, the outlook is positive as well, with 33 out of 50 states anticipating considerable increases, according to Manpower’s report. Employers in 10 of the 13 industry sectors surveyed expect hiring to increase from three months ago, with mining and leisure and hospitality employers the most optimistic. “Nearly all of the key data points in our survey show that employers are positive, but hiring plans are still reserved due to their continued ability to manage the slowly increasing demand with the existing work force,” said Jonas Prising, Manpower president of the America’s, in a written statement. “In the U.S., we are holding on to hard-won job gains and waiting for the time when the growth in demand for goods and services will require more substantial work force additions.” Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 16 percent anticipate an increase in staff levels, while 6 percent expect cutbacks.

Best sectors

Second-quarter job prospects in the Tulsa area appear best in these areas:
  • Durable and non-durable goods manufacturing
  • Transportation and utilities
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Financial activities
  • Professional and business services
  • Education and health services
  • Leisure and hospitality and other services
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