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Charlottetown-area employers expect an optimistic hiring climate for the third quarter of the year, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 35 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (July to September), while zero per cent anticipate cutbacks,” said Mindy Stoltz of Manpower’s Saint John office.

Another 65 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Charlottetown’s third quarter net employment outlook of 23 per cent is a four-percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Stoltz.

“It is also an increase of 35 percentage points from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a solid hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

Darlene Minatel, country manager for Manpower Canada, said even though prospects are weaker in six of 10 industry sectors compared to last quarter, they’re still seeing a positive hiring climate for most of the country.

“The numbers reflect a pattern of a labour market nearing capacity, with unemployment in some regions at record lows,’’ Minatel said. “For job seekers, this could mean larger wage gains in the quarter to come.”

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