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FLORIDA EMPLOYERS FEELING MORE OPTIMISTIC AND EXPECTED TO INCREASE HIRING RATE
National Manpower Outlook Survey confirms the positive economic strides being made in Florida that encourage business growth
TALLAHASSEE— Florida employers are predicted to increase their hiring rates in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a recent national Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, more than double the expectations compared to the same period last year.
“This survey confirms that employers are experiencing positive gains in their business and feeling more optimistic, which leads to more hiring and more jobs,” said Governor Rick Scott. “We have more work to do, but we are continuing to make Florida the No.1 business destination in the world by creating an environment that encourages job creation.”
Some of the highlights from the survey found that from October to December, 18 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees. According to Manpower’s calculations, this yields a Net Employment Outlook of 10 percent, which is up from 4 percent a year ago.
For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, Other Services and Government. Employers in Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing and Information plan to reduce staffing levels.
This continues a trend of positive indicators in the state’s improving economy.
Florida has created 156,800 private sector jobs since December 2010, and has experienced positive annual job growth for 26 consecutive months.
The state’s job growth month-to-month has been positive for 12 of the last 15 months. Florida job postings increased sharply in September 2012 compared to the previous September by 35,277 (an increase of 15.1 percent), for a total of 268,575 openings (seasonally adjusted).
The state’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported a record of more than 52,983 Floridians placed in jobs during the month. Florida’s unemployment rate declined to 8.7 percent for the month of September with 3,500 new private sector jobs created.
The September 2012 rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 10.4 percent.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.floridajobs.org.