Oklahoma employers will remain positive in the first quarter on hiring, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
About 18 percent of employers surveyed said they plan to add jobs in the first three months of 2014. Another 6 percent plan to cut positions, while 74 percent expect no changes in staffing. Just 2 percent of employers were unsure of their plans.
The survey's results are a little more pessimistic than the first quarter of 2013, when 18 percent of employers planned new jobs and 4 percent said they would cut positions.
“Employers foresee a slight slowdown in the hiring pace compared with one year ago when the net employment outlook was 14 percent,” said Manpower spokeswoman Sunny Ackerman.
Companies in Oklahoma City reported a solid hiring pace from January to March. About 19 percent planned to add jobs, while 7 percent expect to reduce staff. In Tulsa, 17 percent plan to increase jobs and 4 percent expect reductions in the first quarter.
Nationally, Manpower said 17 percent of employers will add jobs in the first quarter, while 7 percent plan to cut positions. Another 73 percent planned no changes, and 3 percent were undecided.