Friday, March 16, 2007
As reported in the Post Gazette, the quarterly Manpower Employment Survey is forecasting robust hiring for the Pittsburgh metro over the next 3 to 6 months, to quote “Pittsburgh-area employers are expected to hire at a steady pace in the second quarter, according to a Manpower employment survey. Twenty-nine percent of area companies polled expect to do hiring in the April-June period, while 9 percent expect to reduce their payrolls”. The downside, of course, is the announcement made by Sony to lay off 900 workers due to production shifts. Hopefully the people affected by the layoffs will now find it easier to regain employment due to the healthy state of the local job market. We predicted a week ago that a healthy jobs environment was under way due to the climate of our business here at The Employment Guide. We are strictly recruitment advertising and are seeing increased demand in many job categories, most notably hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and customer service. Another reason for optimism is our area immunity to large reductions in the construction arena. Construction is losing large numbers of jobs in other metros around the country due to the real estate bubble that has burst, but Pittsburgh, never a part of the boom of the past four to five years, has remained stable in this area.