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With a new year comes new goals and new opportunities. If you find yourself looking for a new job in 2014, and Manpower have gathered a few suggestions based on surveys of 18,000 employers across the U.S. This survey was taken to determine whether employers plan to add or cut jobs, keep employment levels the same or have yet to make a decision about either for the first quarter of 2014.

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According to the survey, the Deltona, Florida metropolitan area, which includes Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, have a net 24 percentof companies who plan to hire new staff in the first quarter of next year.

Coming in second is McAllen, Texas, near the southernmost tip of the state, which plans to add a net 23 percent of employers. One of the factors/jobs increasing the employment rate in McAllen is one that is referred to as “twin maquiladoras.” Auto plants in Mexico produce cars and then companies in McAllen inspect these vehicles and ship them out. Additionally, retail businesses in McAllen, such as Walmart, Costco, Dillard’s and Macy’s also benefit from McAllen’s close proximity to Mexico as people cross the border from Mexico to shop.


Austin, Texas and Cape Coral, Florida tied for third, both citing potential hiring of 20 percent in the first quarter. Austin will be hiring more for high tech companies such as Apple and Samsung, whereas Cape Coral received its boom in retail services due to the recovering housing market and low density rate in the area.

At the bottom of the totem pole is Buffalo, New York, where a net of -3 percent of employers plan to hire during the first quarter. As noted in the survey, “the hiring picture there is not all negative. Though high-paying manufacturing jobs have died out, and the Niagara Falls – related retail and hospitality economy has contracted, there has been growth in green and high tech manufacturing and also in health care and education.”

For more information and videos regarding the findings of the surveys, please visit Manpower.

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Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates ( She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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