Florida takes third place nationally in 2014 jobs outlook survey

A news release from Gov. Rick Scott’s office is touting word that an international employment and management consulting firm considers Florida among the top in the U.S. for its jobs outlook come the new year.

nowhiring1212Almost 20 percent of Florida employers expect to increase their hiring in the first quarter of 2014, putting the Sunshine State in third place in the country, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Manpower Group employment and management consulting firm.

According to the Manpower survey, 19 percent of Florida employers surveyed plan to add to their companies’ payrolls in the first quarter of 2014, while 4 percent  are planning cutbacks. The majority – 75 percent – expect staffing levels to be unchanged, Manpower reported.

That’s better than the national numbers in projected hiring and layoffs, according to Manpower. The survey of 18,000 employers nationwide found 17 percent expect first-quarter hiring and 7 percent are planning cutbacks.

The company calls the difference between the percentages of employers planning to hire and those planning staff cutbacks the net employment outlook. Florida’s net employment outlook of 15 percent for the first quarter of 2014 is roughly even with the fourth quarter of 2013, but much better than the beginning of 2013.

For the first quarter of 2013 in Florida, 17 percent of employers surveyed expected to be hiring more workers, while 7 percent planned layoffs, Manpower reported.

“Employers foresee an uptick in the hiring pace compared with one year ago when the net employment outlook was 10 percent,” Manpower spokesman Michael Doyle said in the news release.

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