Canadian employers are planning only modest hiring for the final quarter of the year, according to the latest Employment Outlook Survey from Manpower.

For this research, the staffing company interviewed a representative sample of over 1,900 employers in Canada. Participants were asked, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of December 2014 as compared to the current quarter?”

12% of employers say that they expect to increase their staff, 7% are anticipating a decrease in employees, and 79% do not plan to change staff size. Manpower calculates this as a net employment outlook of +5%.

Once the data is adjusted to allow for seasonal variation, the outlook stands at +8% – which the report points out as the lowest hiring outlook they’ve seen since Q4 of 2009.

Here’s where the job growth is expected to be for the coming months.

The top cities for employment growth

The regions expecting the least new jobs

They also break down the employer survey results by sector.

Three industries with robust hiring

Three industries with the worst outlook

The infographic below summarizes the key findings of the Employment Outlook Survey. Click on the image to read the full, detailed report on Manpower Canada’s website.

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