Job Front: Employers cautious on summer hiring

Published: Monday, Jul. 1, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 1, 2013 - 6:28 am

Sacramento employers are confident but cautious heading into the summer, hiring as much to replace workers as to grow their businesses.

Though 71 percent of area businesses tell Sacramento personnel firm Pacific Staffing they plan to hire during the summer quarter, more than half of those businesses expect to hire to replace employees rather than expand their workforces.

Pacific Staffing released the results last week in its quarterly survey of Sacramento-area employment trends.

Employers locally told Pacific Staffing they are hiring in a variety of sectors, from service and manufacturing to construction and retail.

"The high demand in regional hiring is demonstrated across the spectrum of companies," according to the report.

Local market analyst Rick Reed, who conducts the quarterly survey for Pacific Staffing, said businesses that initially rushed to hire to meet pent-up demand after years of recession are re-evaluating their staffing needs.

Pacific Staffing surveyed companies from May 21 to June 19.

Reed also noted that 8 percent of surveyed employers expected to reduce staffing in the summer on seasonal changes and slowdowns in demand for products and services.

That "indicates some concern about the future among regional employers," according to the report.

As in Pacific Staffing's second-quarter report, retaining experienced workers continues to be a growing concern for local employers, according to the survey.

Other employers, however, told Pacific Staffing that finding entry-level employees also posed challenges.

Meantime, employers surveyed said they are seeking prospects with customer service and sales skills, while other firms continue to look for workers with skills in manufacturing, information technology, warehouse and shipping.

Tech training course will begin July 15

The tech training nonprofit Stride Center and Goodwill Industries are offering an A+ certification technology training course starting July 15 in Sacramento.

The 22-week course at the Goodwill Job Connection Center, 4207 Norwood Ave., Sacramento, prepares students for information technology careers.

Registration is limited.

For information, call the Job Connection program at Goodwill at (916) 649-2531 or visit or

Job-hunting questions?

We've got an expert to provide the answers.

Terri Carpenter, spokeswoman with the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, will answer your questions at personalfinanceblog.

Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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