03/13/2012 08:14 EDT | Updated 05/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Canadian Hiring Outlook Improves For Spring

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Canadian employers are in a mood to hire additional workers in the second quarter, according to the latest Manpower Outlook Employment Survey.

The survey of 1,900 employers by Manpower Canada found that 21 per cent planned to add to their payrolls in the April-to-June quarter, while only five per cent planned to cut workers. Most employers — 72 per cent — anticipated no change in hiring levels.

"Overall, Canadian employers tell us that they plan to maintain their payrolls during the upcoming spring months, which is positive for job seekers," said Janis Sugar, marketing director for Manpower Canada.

"If we look at longer-term hiring trends, compared to last year this time, outlooks are stable or improved."

The survey found an especially "upbeat hiring climate" in the retail and mining sectors, with the rosiest intentions in Western Canada, due to the construction boom.

Job growth has been stubbornly slow lately, with Statistics Canada reporting last Friday that the country shed 2,800 jobs in February. The unemployment rate slipped to 7.3 per cent, but only because 38,000 people left the workforce.

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