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The hiring outlook in San Diego County through the third quarter of 2013 is generally positive, according to data released today (June 11) by local temp firm Manpower of San Diego.

Overall, 19 percent of San Diego companies surveyed plan to add employees, 69 percent expect to keep staffing at current levels, and only eight percent say they expect to shed jobs. Four percent of respondents were unsure of their plans in the coming months. The numbers mirror those released for 2013’s second quarter, but represent a slight uptick in expected contractions from a year ago, then reported at six percent.

While the low-wage retail and service industries such as retail and hospitality make up a significant portion of new hires, the construction, health, and education industries are also on the rise.

Local numbers are a tick below statewide reports (21 percent hiring, 70 percent maintaining staff, 6 percent contracting), but better than Los Angeles, where only 13 percent of companies expect to add jobs between now and September.

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