Md. businesses plan to hire in early 1995

November 29, 1994|By Kim Clark | Kim Clark,Sun Staff Writer

While employers across Maryland and the nation generally reported bullish hiring plans for the beginning of next year, job prospects in Baltimore will likely remain dim, according to Manpower Inc.'s quarterly survey of businesses.

About 12 percent of Baltimore employers surveyed said they plan to cut staff early next year, while only 7 percent said they plan to hire.

But the news was good for the rest of Maryland, where, on average, twice as many employers plan to hire than to fire at the beginning of 1995. That's less than the fourth quarter, which includes seasonal hiring for the holidays, but it's the same optimistic level that employers at the end of last year expected for the first quarter of 1994.

In its quarterly report, issued yesterday, Manpower said that 22 percent of the 15,000 U.S. businesses it surveys plan to hire in the first quarter, while 12 percent plan to fire.

While Maryland's largest city may have the weakest job market, employers in communities a few miles to the south report significant hiring expansions.

In the BWI Airport area, for example, none of the surveyed employers expected to lay off workers, while 37 percent said they plan to hire in the first quarter of 1995.

The Annapolis and Laurel areas also reported expectations of a hiring boom. Thirty percent of employers in both areas said they plan to add staff early next year, while only 3 percent said they intend to cut back.

For many of those Maryland companies with hiring plans, the new employees are a part of a rebound from economic troubles.

Managers at the Port City Press in Baltimore, for example, are recruiting new engineers and information specialists as they reorganize for growth.

The printing company, which had 380 employees 13 years ago and cur

rently has 235 employees, is planning to continue hiring next year, said company spokeswoman Cathy Zaidlicz. She hopes the company will have 300 employees by the summer of 1996.

Although her company is poised for growth, Ms. Zaidlicz says she sees plenty of evidence of other layoffs, especially among the well-educated, professional middle class.

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