Employment Outlook

The sluggish U.S. hiring pace will pick up only slightly in the second quarter, according to a quarterly survey by employment agency Manpower.

Of the nearly 16,000 employers polled, 22 percent said they expect to add workers in the second quarter, compared with 20 percent who planned to boost their hiring efforts this quarter. Sixty-three percent said they will maintain their staffing levels, the same percentage as in the first quarter.

Employers in the South were found to have the most optimistic hiring plans.

“In terms of advertising, there is likely to be some hiring in the second quarter, but no major leaps,” a Manpower rep said. —David Kaplan