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Construction is strongest growth industry in Canada, says Manpower

With seasonal variations removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent is a two percentage point increase compared to the previous quarter and is relatively stable compared to the Outlook reported during the same time last year.

The survey of over 1,900 employers across Canada reveals that 13 per cent plan to increase their payrolls in the first quarter of 2014, while eight per cent anticipate cutbacks. Of those surveyed, 78 per cent of employers expect to maintain their current staffing levels and one per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.

"Overall, a respectable national hiring climate is projected in the coming quarter," said Byrne Luft, Vice President of Operations for Manpower Canada. "Employers in the construction industry are again anticipating the strongest payroll gains, however most new jobs in the sector are expected in Western Canada and Ontario. Nationally, though job creation continues at a steady pace, many of the gains are expected to occur in lower-paying sectors."

Construction

Reporting a Net Employment Outlook of 16 per cent, employers in the Construction sector expect to see a steady hiring climate for the upcoming quarter. This forecast is a four percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the previous quarter, and a two percentage point decrease over the Outlook reported during the same time last year. It is the most optimistic Outlook for any sector in the first quarter of 2014.

Manufacturing - Durables

The Net Employment Outlook in the Manufacturing - Durables sector is a respectable 14 per cent. This is a two percentage point increase from the Outlook last quarter, and a three percentage point increase when compared to the Outlook reported in the same time last year.

Wholesale & Retail Trade

In the Wholesale & Retail Trade industry sector, employers project a positive hiring climate, reporting a Net Employment Outlook of 14 per cent. This reflects a three percentage point increase when compared to the previous quarter's forecast, and an increase of four percentage points from the Outlook reported during the same time last year.

Education

Employers report a Net Employment Outlook of 13 per cent, indicating an upbeat hiring climate for the upcoming quarter. This Outlook is an increase of nine percentage points from the last quarter and a one percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported last year during the same time.

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

Employers report a Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent for the first quarter of 2014, indicating a favourable hiring climate. This Outlook is a decrease of two percentage points from the previous quarter's forecast, and a decrease of three percentage points when compared to the Outlook from the same time last year.

Services

In the Services sector, employers anticipate a moderate hiring climate for the first quarter of 2014, reporting a Net Employment Outlook of nine per cent. This forecast is a decrease of one percentage point from the Outlook reported in the previous quarter and a decrease of six percentage points compared to the same time last year.

Public Administration

In the Public Administration sector, employers expect a modest hiring environment for the first quarter of 2014, reporting a Net Employment Outlook of eight per cent. This is an increase of one percentage point when compared to the previous quarter and is unchanged from the Outlook from the same period last year.

Manufacturing - Non-Durables

In the Manufacturing - Non-Durables industry sector, employers report a Net Employment Outlook of six per cent indicating a fair hiring climate for the first quarter of 2014. This Outlook is a one percentage point decrease from the previous quarter and is on par with the Outlook reported during the same time last year.

Mining

The Net Employment Outlook in the mining sector is a modest five per cent for the coming quarter. This is a two percentage point decrease over the prior quarter's Outlook, and a drop of three percentage points from the Outlook reported during the same time last year.

Transportation & Public Utilities

Employers anticipate a moderate hiring climate, reporting a Net Employment Outlook of five per cent for the first quarter of 2014. This quarter's Outlook is a 10 percentage point drop from the forecast reported for the previous quarter, and an 18 percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year.

Hiring Intentions Most Favourable in Western Canada

Survey results this quarter show that job seekers across Canada are expected to see various amounts of positive hiring activity. Employers in Western Canada expect the most favourable hiring climate for the coming quarter, reporting a Net Employment Outlook of 17 per cent. Employers in Ontario and Atlantic Canada expect a modest hiring pace with an Outlook of eight per cent, while employers in Quebec anticipate only limited opportunities for job seekers, reporting an Outlook of one per cent. 

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