Portland named best area for spring jobs

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PORTLAND — The Portland region, including South Portland and Biddeford, will be the best metropolitan area in the nation for job growth this spring, Forbes magazine said last week.

Forbes named the region No. 1, tied with San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., in an annual survey employer hiring expectations in 100 metro areas. Last year, Portland ranked No. 6 on the list.

The survey, conducted by employment services firm ManpowerGroup, polled a total of more than 18,000 employers.

In the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford area, 27 percent of surveyed employers said they expect to add workers during April, May and June, while only 4 percent expect to reduce their workforce. The difference between those numbers – 23 percent – was nearly double the national average, according to Manpower.

The majority of area employers, 66 percent, expect staffing levels to stay about the same, and 3 percent were undecided.