Greetings neighbors,

There seems to be some hope for employment in the metro Atlanta area next year. According to a survey released by Manpower Outlook, local employers want to hire at a "reserved" pace during the first quarter of 2010.

According to the survey, 7 percent of Atlanta employers plan to hire new employees between January and March of next year. In addition, 79 percent plan to stay with their current staff, 9 percent expect a decrease in pay roll, and 5 percent are unsure.

The most promising jobs in the metro Atlanta area are likely to come in the fields of: education and health services, non durable goods manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, and other services and government.

As for industries that may be cutting back on jobs in the metro Atlanta area: construction, durable good manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, and professional and business services.

Jobs that aren't expected to change in the metro area include, hiring in information and financial activities.

In comparison to the nations other major cities, metro Atlanta seems to be in good standings.