Portland, San Jose Top Places for Jobs This Spring

Job seekers may want to turn to Maine and California if they’re willing to relocate for work, according to data from the latest survey from ManpowerGroup survey.

The metropolitan areas with the most optimistic forecast of all for hiring this spring are San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., and Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine.

These areas have a 23% net employment outlook, the percentage of employers that expect to add employees (25% and 27%, respectively) minus the percentage that expect to reduce their workforce (2% and 4%, respectively).

Seventy-three percent in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area said they anticipate no change, while in Portland, 66% expect to maintain staff levels.

Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan areas to find out who’s hiring, who’s firing and who plans to maintain their current staff levels in the second quarter of 2013.

Matthew Mahood, president and chief executive of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, told Forbes.com in an interview, “While we never take anything for granted, the Silicon Valley is known for its entrepreneurism, hi-tech companies and a highly qualified, educated workforce representing many countries. Our employees work hard, collaborate and innovate. The products invented here are changing the world. Nearly 60% of all venture capital being invested in the U.S. is being invested in the Silicon Valley. In each of the last several economic cycles, the Silicon Valley has led the country in job growth–and in time that job growth spurs job growth in other regions where Silicon Valley-based companies have a presence or they have related vendors or supply chain operations. When the Silicon Valley’s economy is growing, it is usually not to long before the rest of the country follows.”

U.S. employers added 236,000 new jobs in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Melanie Holmes, a vice president with ManpowerGroup, discussed the swell of employer optimism: “The optimism is widespread, with positive outlooks in the 100 metro areas surveyed, as well as all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Given the ongoing uncertainty in the global markets, this measured approach is in line with expectations.”

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