Sacramento-area employers expect to hire in spring, report says

Published: Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 - 11:15 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Mar. 28, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Sacramento-area employers say they expect to hire new workers in the spring as the region continues to recover from the economic downturn.

The quarterly survey of local employment trends by Sacramento’s Pacific Staffing showed nearly three in four businesses expected to hire in the spring quarter.

“From general labor to degreed professional, the top companies in Sacramento are actively hiring in the next three months,” the report read.

Local market analyst Rick Reed, who has conducted the survey of regional employers for Pacific Staffing for more than 20 years, said employers are expressing demand across sectors.

Agribusinesses, commodity providers and bottlers are restocking their delivery fleets. Other firms say they need to fill information technology positions and are starting to look outside the area to meet demand, while firms in a recovering building industry seek professionals with backgrounds in construction estimating and other skills.

“Seventy-two percent of companies continue to hire even after a strong year for hiring last year,” Reed said.

A majority of companies surveyed said they planned to hire to expand their workforces. About 55 percent of companies anticipated adding staff in the spring, a 5 percent increase over the same period last year, Reed said, while about 40 percent cited attrition as their motivation to hire.

The survey comes after an encouraging report last week from the state’s Employment Development Department. The report showed January-to-February gains in construction and government, as well as educational and health services – an increase of 2,000 jobs that state employment officials say is the largest month-over-month leap since 1990. Health care and social assistance employment were credited with much of the increase. About 1,600 jobs were added between the the two career fields, according to the EDD.

Construction, led by specialty trade contractors, picked up 700 jobs in what is usually a slow time for hiring. Government outperformed its seasonal average, adding 1,900 jobs to local payrolls.

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

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