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Canada Hiring Plans at Lowest Since 2010, Manpower Says

Canadian employer hiring plans fell to their lowest in two years, according to a survey by Manpower Inc., with schools and factories leading the retrenchment.

The share of companies planning to hire over the next quarter exceeded those forecasting cutbacks by 12 percentage points after adjusting for seasonal variations, the Milwaukee-based employment-services firm said in a statement. That’s the lowest share since the third quarter of 2010. Education and non-durable manufacturing recorded the biggest declines in intentions, Manpower said in the report.

Today’s report adds to evidence that Canada’s labor market may be slowing amid concerns that the global outlook is weakening. Employment rose by 7,700 jobs in May, Statistics Canada said June 8 in Ottawa, following gains of 58,200 and 82,300 in the prior two months.

Mining had the best prospects among industries, with an employment outlook of 23 percent, while education had the lowest reading at 1 percent, the report showed.

The net employment outlook for non-durable manufacturers fell to 4 percent from 10 percent the previous quarter, according to the report. The net share of construction companies anticipating a pick-up in hiring fell to 8 percent from 13 percent in the previous quarter.

While the third quarter survey is one of the most “subdued” in more than two years, hiring plans remain positive, according to Manpower.

“Job seekers should maintain confidence in the labor market as employers throughout Canada anticipate the hiring pace will remain upbeat through the summer,” Byrne Luft, a staffing services executive at Manpower Canada, said in the statement.

The survey of 1,900 Canadian employers found 23 percent intended to hire and 5 percent anticipated reductions, giving a net outlook of 18 before seasonal adjustment. The results are accurate within 2.2 percentage points, Manpower said.

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