Employment survey shows an increase in hiring for Phoenix metro

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Diane Smith is all settled in to her new office. She's happily employed with Scottsdale's Martz Agency after an intense job search before relocating to the Valley.

"It was probably a solid three to four months on my own, sending emails, follow up phone calls, follow up emails..." she said.

Smith finally found her new job with the help of an executive job placement service. Her hiring for an upper-level position is a good example of what looks to be a growing Phoenix job market.

"We came out on the top five most positive outlooks for the fourth quarter," said Frank Armendariz with the Manpower Group.

The group published a new employment study Tuesday showing Phoenix as one of the top five cities with job growth across the country in the coming months. Manpower surveyed more than 140 businesses in the Valley. Twenty-four percent said they plan to hire between now and the end of the year, 7 percent expect to reduce staffing and 66 said they'll keep the same number of workers.

"We're looking at some of the manufacturing, some of the professional business services, which are good sectors," Armendariz said.

Those are just a few of the many sectors looking to hire, including government, finance, hospitality and retail trade. Construction and real estate still fall flat, but for those searching for any work, a positive outlook for hiring is welcome news.

"It's by no means what it was, but I think there's starting to be a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for people who are looking," Smith said.

Manpower Group says while some of the jobs projected are part-time holiday work, the bulk of them are full-time permanent positions.