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The 16-percentage-point difference between positive and negative views was second behind only San Antonio at 17 percentage points
Lee County’s hiring outlook is among the strongest in the nation through the end of the year, according to a national survey conducted by global staffing firm Manpower Inc.
About 22 percent of employers surveyed said they expect to hire additional employees from October to January, while 6 percent expect to cut staff and 69 percent expect to hold steady, About 3 percent were undecided.
The 16-percentage-point difference between positive and negative views was second behind only San Antonio at 17 percentage points.”The amount of employment activity we are seeing certainly supports that,” said Barbara Hartman, spokeswomanfor Southwest Florida Works.
“I think it is indicative of the mood of businesses. They have been sitting on the sidelines with the revenue to hire, but waiting for signs the economy is improving.”Nationally, the outlook is not as strong, with 16 percent of employers expecting to add workers and 11 percent expecting to cut workers. About 18,000 businesses were surveyed.