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Spring hiring outlook upbeat

Things are looking up for local job-seekers this spring, according to the latest employment survey by Manpower Canada.

The employment services firm said Tuesday 18 per cent of Winnipeg employers surveyed said they plan to hire workers in the second quarter this year. None of them said they expect to cut workers, 77 per cent said they intend to maintain current staffing levels and the other five per cent said they were unsure about their hiring intentions for the quarter.

"With seasonal variations removed from the data, Winnipeg's second-quarter net employment outlook of 20 per cent is on par with the outlook reported for last quarter," said Carman Gosselin, of Manpower's Winnipeg office.

Nationally, Manpower said the hiring climate for Canadian job-hunters will be only modest this spring, with new business growth at its weakest in five months. Construction, transportation and public utilities expect the strongest gains, said Byrne Luft, Manpower's vice-president of operations.

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