A growing number of California employers appear ready to hire new workers early next year.
Several times a year, the employment services firm Manpower Group surveys thousands of employers – and asks them if they plan to increase their workforce the following quarter, decrease it, or hold it steady.
The latest report, out today, finds that 22 percent of California employers are poised to grow in the first three months next year – up from 19 percent a year ago and ahead of the nation as a whole. Just six percent plan to reduce their staff, and the rest expect to stay the same size.
The 16 percent net positive margin is the strongest since 2008 – just before the recession hit. And that margin is up significantly from 12 percent a year ago.