Forbes has named the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford metro area one of the nation's top 10 cities for job hunting this spring. Forbes created the list based on a survey by staffing firm ManPowerGroup, which studied where employers plan to create jobs from now until June.
Manpower surveyed more than 18,000 employers in 100 metro areas about their hiring and firing plans, using the data to develop a net employment outlook, according to Forbes. Portland-South Portland-Biddeford ranked No. 6, with an employment outlook of 19% reflecting the difference between employers expecting to hire and those expecting to fire.
According to data from the Maine Department of Labor, the fastest-growing industries in the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford metro area are: health care and social assistance, which grew 5% from December 2010-December 2011; education and health services, which grew 3.9%; and local government, which grew 1.8%.
The average employment outlook for all 100 metro areas was 12%. The majority, or 72% of employers in the metro areas, expected no change in their staffing levels, with 18% planning to hire and 6% planning to cut staff.