What will 2017 ring in when it comes to jobs? Well, one of the leading surveys on the subject has been released and the results are cautiously optimistic. According to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey released today, 19% of employers plan to hire in the first quarter of 2017. This is a stable outlook when compared to the beginning of 2016.

You may be thinking:

“The results seem positive, but will they remain true?”

“Does this mean there are jobs for someone with my skills?”

“Are jobs available where I live? “

The answers aren’t that simple. It would be great to say that this outlook will solve everyone’s problems and if you are looking for a job you will find one. That’s probably not the case. There are other things to consider, such as where you live, your skills, your experience and more. Here are a few more results from the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey and how that may impact your job search in early 2017.

Survey says:

  • 19% of U.S. employers plan to hire in Q1 – that’s nearly one out of five employers. Seems like pretty good odds.
  • 13 out of 13 industry sectors revealed positive outlooks – that means improvement is not limited to one type of work environment. The industry sectors reporting the strongest hiring intentions include Leisure & Hospitality, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Professional & Business Services.
  • The best metro areas for jobs include: Deltona, FL; Cape Coral, FL; Fresno, CA; Des Moines, IA; North Port, FL; San Antonio, TX; If you are in those areas, your job prospects are higher than the average.

These results are one part of the job search picture. While the outlook looks good, there are no guarantees. However, if you’ve been looking for a job or for a while or have been considering a switch, 2017 may work. Start updating your resume, consider creating or spicing up your online profile, reach out to networking contacts and make your job search plan. Finding a job is work, no matter if the forecast is sunny or not.

To check out the entire ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, including the full-size infographic, click here.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.