Houston's Jobs Outlook Not Too Rosy, Survey Says

At least one jobs prediction for Houston is pretty gloomy, in case you were getting your hopes up.

Employment agency Manpower, Inc. regularly surveys employers on their hiring plans, and the latest results, out today, show a flat market here in Houston.

"Among survey participants, the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown...employment outlook is one of the weakest in the nation," Manpower reports. "From January to March, 11 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 11 percent expect to reduce their payrolls."

"Employers are less optimistic about hiring plans for the first three months of 2011 compared to Quarter 4 2010 ," said Manpower spokesperson Doug Karr.

In the fourth quarter of 20l1, 18 percent of respondents expected to increase their payrolls in the coming months.

Karr says the best careers in the coming months are "in the non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, financial activities, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality sectors."

Which seems to cover a lot of ground, but it appears "best" in this case is extremely relative.

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