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Survey Shows Gloomy Employment Outlook

KENNEWICK, Wash.- A new survey gives startling results for the local job market.

The survey shows that the job market in the Tri-Cities will slow down significantly in the first quarter of 2007.

The Manpower, Incorporated survey shows that 17% of companies will increase their payrolls, but 23% plan on cutting them.

The numbers are in stark contrast to those released just months ago, when 33% of employers said they'd increase their payrolls this quarter.

Local experts say it's nothing to panic about though.

"As far as our healthy first quarter, I think we'll see it slower, but that's not unusual. But to know if it's exceptionally slow remains to be seen," said Candice Bluechel with WorkSource Columbia Basin. 

The study found that about 60% of companies will maintain current employment levels in the next few months.

The Tri-Cities' numbers match those of the nationwide survey.