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California's job market looking up in next 3 months, survey finds

A notice in a store window in New York City announces a retail job opening. A survey released Tuesday shows the net share of employers who plan to increase their payrolls in the first quarter of 2015 will be 16 percent in California, right in line with the nationwide hiring outlook.
A notice in a store window in New York City announces a retail job opening. A survey released Tuesday shows the net share of employers who plan to increase their payrolls in the first quarter of 2015 will be 16 percent in California, right in line with the nationwide hiring outlook.
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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.

MSA Net Employment Outlook
Oxnard 24%
San Jose 21%
San Diego 19%
San Francisco 19%
Stockton 18%
Fresno 16%
Bakersfield 12%
Riverside 12%
Los Angeles 11%
Sacramento 9%

And here's how L.A., Oxnard and Riverside stacked up against the U.S. net employment outlook over time.


(Credit: ManpowerGroup)

According to the survey, the best job prospects appear to be in construction, manufacturing, transportation, trade, information and finance, among other industries.