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Report: More Companies Hiring In Q2

Stock / Capital Public Radio

A new survey of the Sacramento region's top 100 employers finds that people with construction skills will be among the most in-demand workers during the second quarter of 2016.

Stock / Capital Public Radio

A new survey of Sacramento employers finds job demand is up.

Pacific Staffing says six out of 10 companies plan to hire between April and June. That's about a 9 percent increase from the previous three months.

Rick Reed with Pacific Staffing says 56 percent of the hiring will be driven by the need to replace current workers.

"While a lot of hiring is for attrition or replacements among people moving around in the workforce, 49 percent of it remains for expansion of our current workforces," Reed says.

Reed found that 22 percent says finding qualified applicants is the top challenge in the next three months.

"Employers are kind of desperate for some skills including skilled trades people, particularly carpenters," he says. "Construction experience of all kinds is in high demand. Others are seeking applicants who have electro or electromechanical backgrounds to keep the automated production, assembly and distribution lines rolling."

The survey finds 11 percent of the region's top employers plan to hire because of seasonal demand. None of the companies say they're planning any second-quarter layoffs.

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