It’s been a tense couple of months for job markets near major American shale plays, but The Columbus Dispatch reports good news could be on the horizon for unemployed Columbus-area residents.
According to a quarterly Manpower survey, one-fourth of the area’s employers plan on opening their doors to new employees between October and December, while only 4 percent plan to cut jobs and 69 percent will maintain their current staff count.
Two percent of employers said they weren’t sure how their payroll would change.
This quarter’s projected uptick is rare for the final quarter—a time when many companies trim their workforce to stay on track with their year-end budgets.
“Companies are investing by either growing their brand or presence,” said Sue Ellen Deiley, director of strategic accounts for professional services company Experis. “They still need people to do that.”
The report made no mention of the state of oil and gas jobs, but Deiley expects job demand will grow the most in sectors dealing with cyber security as well as construction, manufacturing, finance, leisure and hospitality.
Health care and private education are expected to lag in hiring.
Overall, central Ohio boasts a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, which is the lowest of the state’s metro areas.
“We’re seeing (hiring) increase across the board in the United States, Ohio and Columbus,” Deiley said. “That’s a wonderful indicator of the jobs market overall.”