Bleak job outlook: Limited hiring climate anticipated for Charlottetown

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Survey shows 13 per cent of employers plan to hire but 20 per cent anticipate cutbacks

Charlottetown area job seekers should expect a limited hiring climate for the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 13 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (January to March) while 20 per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Mindy Stoltz of Manpower’s Saint John office. Another 63 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while the remaining four percent are unsure of their hiring intentions..

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Charlottetown’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of one per cent is a decrease of 12 percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Stoltz. “It is also a significant 27 percentage point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a slow hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

Across Canada, employers anticipate a moderate hiring climate for job seekers in the first quarter of 2016. Employers in the transportationand public utilities sector report the strongest job prospects.

“We are seeing some positive signs for Canadian job seekers, with overall employment in the country surpassing 18 million for the first time,” said Michelle Dunnill, Manpower area manager for Toronto, Mississauga and Markham. “Employment in natural resources continues its downward trend, particularly in Alberta. However, we expect modest gains overall in the coming quarter, led by stronger growth in the transportation, construction and manufacturing-durables sectors.”

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Saint John, Canada Toronto Mississauga Markham Alberta

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  • Summerside Resident
    December 25, 2015 - 07:14

    You want to see unemployement, job loses, mismanagement, false election promises, pie in the sky BS come to Summerside. Our new Mayor Bill Martin is a big disappointment. I hope he puts money in the 2016 budget for another comedian at budget time, because the biggest laughs are on him and Council.

  • yolanda
    December 22, 2015 - 13:45

    @Laurent beaulieu The big picture eh? Like Trudeau in his wisdoms said: the budget will balance itself?

  • laurent Beaulieu
    December 21, 2015 - 16:14

    The fragile economy is a fact, but blaming the PM or refugees or your mother-in-law for the economy is pointless. PEI still leads in many other economic areas in Canada and one has to take the big picture approach instead of the narrow view.

    • Cromwell
      December 22, 2015 - 21:47

      Since you raise the matter, please provide us with concrete evidence of the economic areas where PEI leads. All I see is an over-governed, over-taxed, under-serviced province, ran by friends and family of the Island's 'elite', for the sole benefit of the friends and family of the Island's 'elite'. We have the second highest unemployment, and most employment is seasonal. On a pro-rata basis, we get more money in Federal Transfer Payments that any other province (even more than Quebec). We are mired in debt, $40 million being a conservative estimate for 2015 deficit, and an overall total of more than $2 billion, and our government continues to flounder without a substantive economic plan. I still believe that committing up to $50 million of unbudgeted funds to bring in 250 migrants is not money well spent. So far, I am not blaming Canada's 'Dear Leader' given that Trudeau appears to model himself on North Korea's leader, in terms of photo ops) for the fragile economy, although I would bet that by this time next year, we are even further in the mire.

  • Indigo
    December 21, 2015 - 08:52

    Bad news to read this. I wish the Premier would take his propaganda, so called 'Christmas' message, off the air. It may not have dawned on this affluent person, that a simple Merry Christmas, under the circumstances ,would suffice. "Your" charges, Sir, are busy fending off poverty and chasing jobs to have much energy left over to listen to your gentle admonishment and pie in the sky excuse for bringing in 250 more people to support on the public dole to PEI. And a MERRY CHRISTMAS, if I may say so, to you too, Sir.

  • sick
    December 21, 2015 - 08:38

    It is absolutely sickening that one person, in a quest for being elected Prime Minister, can decree that the citizens of Canada be saddled with the up-keep of (housing, food, health care, language training and welfare payment) 25.000 refugees. It would be different if the country was not mired in debt, and if every Canadian had a decent full time job that could make for a decent life. All the people falling all over themselves to 'welcome' these 'unfortunate' refugees are retired , or well employed or making sure they stay employed people. They seek to feel good by doing good. Well, the same good feeling could be had by looking around in the community and helping there, rather than contribute to our taxes and resources being used for this Trudeau misadventure to get elected. Cry me a river, Justin, your glorious photo- op in the airport, is on the back of us poor and less fortunate jobless Canadians, - not even a hug or a sunny thought for us.

  • Cromwell
    December 20, 2015 - 20:01

    And during this employment downturn, we bring in 250 migrants to add to the burgeoning social service shortfall. Sounds like a plan!

  • lorraine
    December 20, 2015 - 13:16

    why do you need foreign workers

    • Because ...
      December 23, 2015 - 10:30

      Islanders won't work for low wages in "dirty" jobs! They would rather collect UI.

    • Cromwell
      December 24, 2015 - 22:38

      For me, the use of Temporary Foreign Workers provides for the perfect platform for our floundering immigration policy. TFWs, with properly defined skills, would come to Canada on, say, 3-year contracts, and go where employment opportunities exist - being paid, as a minimum, the relevant minimum wage. Once these TFWs have succsessfully demonstrated their work ethic and a total commitment to integrate tin to the Canadian mainstream, while sharing their culture with Canadians, they they are allowed to stay in Canada, and work towards Permanent Status and, eventually Canadian Citizenship. They are worth more to Canada that the shiftless Third-World denizen we currently bring in - little or no education, little or no skills, poor work ethic, little or no motivation to gain employment, and , in many cases absolutely no ambition or desire to integrate and respect Canadian rules and standards. Those who fail to achieve the program goals and standards would return to their home country. TFWs are quite prepared to go where the work is, in stark contrast with most 'Newcomers' (aka economic migrants) who insist in being housed in major metropolitain cities, since this is where 'their people' live.