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Hiring on a roll

Employers in Canada envision a strong labor market during the next quarter, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The measurement of employer intentions for the workforce for the third quarter of 2003 reveals that 36% of the businesses queried intend to add staff, while only 6% plan reductions.

Another 56% anticipate no changes, and 2% have not finalized their plans for the July-September months.

Three months ago, the outlook was also strong as 31% reported hiring plans and 5% envisioned cutbacks. Employers were also upbeat a year ago at this time, when 36% expected increases and 8% foresaw cuts.

"Historically, the second and third quarters have always been the most active hiring periods -- and this year is no exception," said Steve Walker, COO for Manpower in North America. He added that "since 1999, the July-September hiring picture has been exceptionally robust. The previous decade generated only moderate job growth during the third quarter."

New job openings are expected to be most prevalent in construction, services, public administration, wholesale and retail trades and education.

More temperate, but certainly positive, results come from mining, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation and public utilities. The most modest hiring intentions are anticipated in finance, insurance and real estate.

Employers in every industry category foresee more additions than decreases this quarter.

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