A survey of employers indicates California could see a positive hiring trend in the first quarter of 2015.
The ManpowerGroup survey released Tuesday shows that between January and March, 22 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, compared with 6 percent who plan to decrease staffing. That leaves a net employment outlook — or the net share of companies planning to hire — of 16 percent, which is right in line with the United States as a whole.
Oxnard had the strongest outlook among major metropolitan areas in California, with 24 percent — that's the fifth highest rate on a list of 100 metro areas nationwide.
The employment outlook for several key Southern California metropolitan areas were less strong but still positive, according to the survey.
In Los Angeles, the net employment outlook is 11 percent. In Riverside and Bakersfield, it's 12 percent.
The ManpowerGroup is a workforce management firm. According to the company, the survey is based on interviews with 18,000 employers in 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Here's a look at all the Southern California metropolitan statistical areas (or MSA's) tracked in the survey.
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And here's how L.A., Oxnard and Riverside stacked up against the U.S. net employment outlook over time.
According to the survey, the best job prospects appear to be in construction, manufacturing, transportation, trade, information and finance, among other industries.