Manpower expects Houston-area hiring to exceed layoffs in the second quarter by 10%. That’s down from January through March, when net employment is set to hit 14%. Manpower client relationship manager Gerry Burns explains the reasons for the slowdown.
“We know Verizon’s going to be shutting down all their call centers here in the Houston market. And we also know construction, which is usually a very thriving segment for Houston, has just not picked up since the recession. As well as transportation & utilities is really looking to shed some jobs.”
The survey finds durable goods manufacturing and wholesale & retail trade will be among the leading Houston job creators in the second quarter. Information technology, education and health care are also expected to add jobs. Hiring in leisure and hospitality is expected to remain unchanged.