A new report on quarterly employment trends finds nearly seven-out-of-ten Sacramento area companies plan to hire between now and September.
Two-thirds of the companies polled said they'll be adding workers over the next three months. Nearly half of those companies say the hiring is motivated by expansion or growth.
But Rick Reed, who conducted the survey for the employment agency Pacific Staffing, says nearly 40 percent of those companies will be replacing workers who are retiring or leaving for better jobs.
"During the Recession, people are scared and people don't want to change jobs," says Reed. "But right now Sacramento's economy is surging. Hiring is at 67 percent in the next three months among Sacramento employers. And 38 percent of that is attributed directly to replacements which tells me that people are starting to job shop; they're looking for a little bit more per hour, a little better benefit and maybe some better healthcare."
Reed says companies are having a hard time finding entry level applicants for positions like customer service, clerical positions and finance jobs.