For The American

Oklahoma City area employers expect to hire at a bullish pace during the third quarter of 2006, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Among survey participants, the area job market is the sixth best in the nation.

From July to September, 60 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while only three percent expect to reduce their payrolls, said Manpower spokesperson Steven Clay. Another 37 percent, Clay said, expect to maintain their current staff levels.

"Oklahoma City area employers have significantly stronger hiring intentions than in the second quarter when 33 percent of the companies interviewed intended to add staff, and seven percent planned to reduce headcount," he said. "Employers are also more positive about hiring than they were a year ago when almost half of companies surveyed thought employment increases were likely and three percent intended to cut back."

For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in mining, construction, durable goods manufacturing, transportation/public utilities, wholesale/retail trade, education, services and public administration.

Hiring in non-durable goods manufacturing and finance/insurance/feal estate is expected to remain unchanged.

According to the national seasonally adjusted results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, U.S. employers still won't budge on hiring plans for the third quarter of 2006.

Of the 16,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 31percent expect to add to their payrolls during the third quarter of 2006, while six percent expect to reduce staff levels. Fifty-seven percent expect no change in the hiring pace, while six percent are undecided about their July through September hiring plans.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. It is the only forward-looking survey of its kind, unparalleled in size, scope, longevity and area of focus. The survey has been running for more than 40 years and is one of the most trusted surveys of employment activity in the world.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey in the U.S. is based on interviews with nearly 16,000 public and private employers in 470 markets across the country and is considered a highly respected economic indicator.

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