The survey is based on interviews with more than 1,900 employers in Canada.
It found that 21 per cent of respondents expected to add employees in the July-September quarter.
That's down two percentage points from 23 per cent in the survey covering the third quarter of 2012.
In both years, most employers expected no change.
However, Manpower's seasonally adjusted measure declined to nine per cent — a drop of three percentage points from a year ago and from the previous quarter.
The transportation and public utilities sector showed the most positive hiring outlook and manufacturers showed the least positive hiring intentions.
The seasonally adjusted rating for 10 sectors were: construction, 15 per cent; education, 9; finance, insurance and real estate, 7; manufacturing (durables), 5; manufacturing (non-durables), 5; mining, 12; public administration, 13; services, 11; transportation and public utilities, 23; wholesale and retail trade, 8.