San Diego's job market will be mild in the first quarter of 2014 — slightly weaker than this year's first quarter, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
In next year's first quarter, 15 percent of employers intend to increase staff, 11 percent plan to drop employees, and 71 percent plan to maintain current levels. For the first quarter of this year, 15 percent intended to increase staff, but only 9 percent intended to trim employment. The percent intending to remain the same was at 71 in both years.
In next year's first quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, information, professional and business services, and government. But employers in nondurable goods manufacturing, finance, education, health services, and other services intend to reduce staffing.
Government jobs have been weak since 2010; construction has been crawling back from a deep hole during the recession. Health services has been one of the strong employment sectors for the past several years.