Springs employment freezing as winter arrives

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Tepid news from the job front came today in the form of  Manpower Inc. employment survey results: Springs employers are expected to hire at a reserved pace during the fourth quarter – and other experts say next year might not look much better.

Between October and December, 64 percent of Pikes Peak region employers expect to maintain current staff levels, 19 percent expect to reduce levels, 14 percent plan to hire more employees and 3 percent are undecided.

“That sounds about right to me,” said Patty Goodwin, director of surveys for the Mountain States Employers Council.

While the council only collects annual and not quarterly data, she said it had predicted that at least a third of Springs employers would freeze hiring efforts and that a third would make staff reductions.

But, what’s worse is that newly collected data due to be released later this week shows 2010 might look much the same, Goodwin said.

“As a matter of fact we’re still looking at a hiring freeze – that will make two years in a row, and that’s not good,” she said.

The next Manpower survey, which will give its predictions for hiring in the region during 2010,  will be released Dec. 8.