Manpower Canada released the results of their quarterly employment survey this week, and the news for Canada isn't all that bad.
In a survey of 1700 employers across Canada, most say they expect a "positive hiring climate" between now and December. 20% predict they'll increase their payrolls in the next 3 months, while just 7% predict a decline.
The employment rate is expected to stay at 6.2% in 2009, which is only a slight increase from the current 6.1%.
(It's worth noting that economists say that an unemployment rate of 5% is ideal: a healthy economy has to have at least a few people who are 'between jobs' - when the employment rate dips below 5%, businesses suffer because they can't find enough people to fill vacancies.)
Not all the experts agree that the outlook is positive: job creation numbers are dwindling, and that can be a sign of recession.
Of course, whenever a for-profit organization releases the results of a survey, those results should probably be taken with a grain of salt. Manpower Canada is in the staffing business, so the last thing they're going to do is release a bunch of results saying that the job market is going to crash and burn in the next 3 months.
However, the survey does say that 70% of employers don't expect their staffing levels to change in the near future, which is at least a little better news than we're hearing from the US lately.
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