Kennewick - A new study, released Tuesday by Manpower, indicates hiring in the Tri- Cities will drop by as much as 23 percent the final three months of 2006. Many employment fields affected offer seasonal work, such as construction and agriculture. But not all of them.
Manpower polled numerous businesses, including those offering manufacturing, transportation or real estate jobs. The survey indicated that hiring in the fourth quarter in the Tri-Cities will be mild. Just 33 percent of those companies polled indicated that they would be adding workers the final three months of the year.
"Most of the companies surveyed are giving us consistent readings," said Denise Lundy with Manpower, "These are not flash-in-the-pan companies that have just been here a year. "
Lundy indicated that the same companies are polled year after year in order to provide comparable figures. According to the Manpower survey, some of the best prospects for job hunters include the real estate, insurance and transportation fields. The least positive areas for job seekers include the education and service industries.