Survey: L.A. Hiring Up a Bit in First Quarter

Los Angeles employers say they plan modest hiring during the first quarter of next year, according to a survey to be released Tuesday from Manpower Inc.

The Milwaukee staffing giant’s quarterly survey of employers in Los Angeles and Orange counties found that 15 percent plan to increase staff, 6 percent plan layoffs and 78 percent plan to keep staffing levels constant.

The hiring figure is a slight drop from three months ago, when 17 percent of employers planned to hire more workers in the fourth quarter. It’s also down from 17 percent a year ago.

But in a good sign, the layoff figure was also down substantially from three months ago, when 13 percent of employer respondents said they would decrease staff levels during the fourth quarter.

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