The city's seasonally adjusted net employment outlook was 15 per cent, down from 22 per cent from Q3 but still above the national outlook of 13 per cent. Last year, the local outlook was 11 per cent.
Around 23 per cent of local employers plan to hire before the end of December and 68 per cent expect to maintain their current staffing levels. Eight per cent expect cutbacks.
In public administration, which is under the gun right now due to expected federal public service cutbacks, the outlook is 15 per cent in Q4, down slightly from 17 per cent in Q3, said spokesperson Peter Viti in an OBJ interview.
The survey spans all fields of employment from the public and private sectors, including construction, government, transportation, public utilities and wholesale.
The number of local employers surveyed was not available, but Mr. Viti noted there were 1,900 surveyed across the country.
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