Florida employers are predicted to increase hiring rates in the fourth quarter, according to a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.?
"This survey confirms that employers are experiencing positive gains in their business and feeling more optimistic, which leads to more hiring and more jobs," said Gov. Rick Scott. "We have more work to do, but we are continuing to make Florida the No.1 business destination in the world by creating an environment that encourages job creation."??
From October to December, 18 percent of companies interviewed plan to hire more employees. This yields a Net Employment Outlook of 10 percent, which is up from 4 percent a year ago. ??
Job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, other services and government.
Employers in non-durable goods manufacturing and information plan to reduce staffing.??
Florida has created 156,800 private sector jobs since December 2010, and has experienced positive annual job growth for 26 consecutive months.
The state's job growth month-to-month has been positive 12 of the last 15 months. Florida job postings increased 15.1 percent in September compared with September 2011 by 35,277 for a total of 268,575 openings.
The state's 24 Regional Workforce Boards reported more than 52,983 Floridians found jobs during the month. Florida's unemployment rate declined to 8.7 percent for September with 3,500 new private sector jobs created.
The September rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 10.4 percent.