When it comes to hiring expectations across the nation, no city tops Columbus, according to a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday.
The survey conducted by the temporary staffing agency placed the Columbus metro area at No. 1, with 25 percent of companies expecting to hire workers in the January-March period next year, while 7 percent are planning to make cuts.
That translates to an 18 percent "net employment outlook" for Columbus. The No. 2 city on the list, San Antonio, trails with a distant 12 percent net employment outlook.
"We've known for a while that nobody else has got Kia going in up the street, and there's BRAC at Fort Benning and then NCR," said Russ Carreker, chair of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. "Those numbers of jobs aren't coming to huge cities, and I think that provides the foundation for a lot of optimism."
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