Red Deer’s fourth quarter net employment outlook is better than Edmonton and Calgary according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Employment outlook improves for Red Deer

ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey released

Red Deerians looking for work may be better off than people living in Edmonton, and especially Calgary.

Red Deer’s fourth quarter net employment outlook is 16 per cent, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey based on employers’ hiring and cutbacks plans, based on seasonal adjustment.

“Sixteen per cent is an increase of nine percentage points from the same time last year so it’s very solid and very positive. Edmonton came in with a net employment outlook of 13 per cent, and oddly we have seen a minus three per cent expectation in Calgary,” said Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta Region, on Tuesday after the report was released.

In Red Deer, the survey showed 20 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (October to December) and five per cent anticipate cutbacks. Another 71 per cent plan to maintain current staffing levels, and four per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.

Upright said Red Deer’s outlook reflects what’s happening in the oil and gas sector.

“We understand that a lot of the service industry in Alberta sits in Red Deer. When that industry is positive, so too are the industries that support it. We feel that it has to do with good, sustained resource issues.

“Overall in Canada (oil and gas) has a favourable outlook, and of course a mixed outlook in Alberta with Calgary having a lower expectation. Certainly Red Deer and Edmonton are much more positive.”

He said Calgary often leads the charge in terms of market concerns and survey results show a mixed climate, but 80 per cent plan to maintain their current staffing levels so it’s still in fact a positive, steady as you go, kind of story.”

ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey focuses on employers in construction; education; finance, insurance and real estate; manufacturing durables; manufacturing non-durables, mining (which includes oil and gas); public administration; services; transportation and public utilities; and wholesale and retail trade.

“Certainly in Alberta, and across Canada, we’re seeing a lot of uptick in public administration which I don’t think surprises many folks and manufacturing of durable goods was up quite significantly.”

For more survey results visit manpowerab.com.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Shipping oil by rail questioned

Red Deer-area mayors respond

Country star Gord Bamford and The Reclaws perform free Games concert Friday

Show starts at 6:30 p.m. in heated dome off Celebration Plaza in downtown Red Deer

Survey looks at social isolation among older men

Partnership between Red Deer College and Golden Circle Resource Centre

Peruvian brothers travel nearly 8,000 km to volunteer at Canada Winter Games in Red Deer

Italo and Mirko Del Castillo say Canadian warmth contrasts with twinter cold

Pride Days celebrated for first time at Canada Winter Games on Feb. 21 and 28

Pride Days are another first for Red Deer’s 2019 Canada Winter Games.… Continue reading

Gardening: What are you planting in 2019?

What’s new in plants for 2019? Checking catalogues, greenhouses and stores will… Continue reading

Opinion: I spy another energy hypocrite

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. The mittens provided to… Continue reading

Canada’s bobsleigh team races World Cup on Calgary home track facing closure

CALGARY — Canada’s skeleton and bobsled teams will race a World Cup… Continue reading

Italy becomes ninth international football league to join forces with CFL

TORONTO — Add Italy to the growing list of international football federations… Continue reading

Toronto Defiant Overwatch academy team to be known as the Montreal Rebellion

MONTREAL — The Toronto Defiant’s Overwatch academy team will be known as… Continue reading

Canadian fashion and design insiders recall Karl Lagerfeld’s charm, ingenuity

TORONTO — Several Canadian fashion and design experts who knew couture icon… Continue reading

Millennial Money: Make your funds move at the speed of life

Change is constant — especially when you’re young. Chances are you’ll cycle… Continue reading

TSB says improved tankers involved in Manitoba derailment that spilled crude

ST. LAZARE, Man. — Federal investigators say CN rail cars that spilled… Continue reading

Most Read