Survey: PA lags behind nation in new year jobs outlook

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 30, 2012 7:01 AM

(Undated) -- Pennsylvania lags slightly behind the nation when it comes to optimism about jobs in the new year.

The first quarter Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows 15 percent of the Pennsylvania companies interviewed plan to hire between January and March.

Ten percent expect to reduce payroll and the rest expect to maintain current staff levels.

Nationally, 17 percent plan to expand while 8 percent expect a decline in payrolls.

Mike Pinkasavage is the director of the Manpower region that includes Pennsylvania.

He says things could be better for the commonwealth.

"Pennsylvania, while it still looks like we're going to have a slight uptick, it's more conservative than the rest of the northeast and the rest of the country as a whole," Pinkasavage says.

He says some wholesale and retail businesses plans to hire, instead of slowing down after the holidays.

He adds education and health services are also sectors expected to add jobs nationwide in the new year.

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