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Survey projects good Twin Ports job scene

If a quarterly employment survey is correct, the Duluth-Superior area will be a leader, percentagewise, in hiring during first three months of 2007 and will tie for the lowest percentage of layoffs in Minnesota during the first quarter of 2006.

If a quarterly employment survey is correct, the Duluth-Superior area will be a leader, percentagewise, in hiring during first three months of 2007 and will tie for the lowest percentage of layoffs in Minnesota during the first quarter of 2006.

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey results show that 23 percent of the area companies interviewed expect to hire and 7 percent plan to shrink their payrolls. A year ago, 20 percent expected to hire and 13 percent intended workforce cuts.

Of Minnesota employers, Twin Ports employers came in second to Winona in the percentage that hope to hire. Duluth-Superior tied with Mankato for the lowest percentage of companies that expect layoffs.

Some communities that in the past have seen significant hiring reported lower expectations for the coming quarter.

Only 3 percent of Rochester employers said they would hire in the first quarter and 20 percent said they would reduce their workforces.

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In the Twin Cities area, 18 percent expected to hire and 28 percent to release employees.

The state average was 16 percent of companies expecting to hire and 17 percent expecting a workforce reduction.

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