A new survey released by Manpower that documents Orange County and Southern California’s hiring trends shows an equal number of employers both hiring and firing in the first quarter of next year, leaving employment early next year largely unchanged.
This is in contrast to the nationwide results that show the first quarter of 2011 looks to be the best hiring period in two years.

From the Orange County Register:

Orange County employers are still nervous about the economy and won’t be adding any net new workers in the first quarter of next year, according to Manpower’s latest survey released Tuesday.

That’s in contrast to the temporary service agency’s nationwide survey for the first three months of 2011.  Manpower  said U.S. hiring in the first quarter of 2011 looked the best in two years.

Karen Tarca, who oversees Manpower’s California trends, said Orange County and Southern California hiring is unchanged – 13% will hire, 13% will fire and 72% will maintain their current workforce.

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