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      Toledo Strong: Forbes ranks metro among best cities for jobs this fall

      Toledo ranks among the best cities for jobs this fall.

      T here are millions of jobless Americans looking for work and, according to Forbes, those in Toledo have reason to be optimistic.

      After a ManpowerGroup survey of more than 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan areas, Forbes Magazine has ranked Toledo among the Best and Worst Cities for Jobs this Fall .

      The survey, and subsequent rankings, rate cities by determining who's firing, who's hiring, and who plans to maintain current staffing levels through 2013. Employers are asked to anticipate how much their staffing levels will increase and how much payrolls will decrease. The difference between those numbers is what ManpowerGroup calls a net employment outlook.

      "Given the slow and steady recovery of the economy and continued global volatility, a 13% net employment outlook is healthy," says Jorge Perez, senior vice president of Manpower, North America. "The survey continues to show consistent improvements in hiring optimism among U.S. employers. As we look to the last three months of 2013, we can expect more of the same gradual improvements in hiring plans."

      According to Forbes, Toledo has the 12th most optimistic forecast for hiring this fall, with a net employment outlook of 17%. Top honors go to Houston, with a net employment outlook of 23%. VIEW complete list

      Major employers in the metro Toledo-area include ProMedica Health Systems, the University of Toledo, Mercy Health Partners, Chrysler, General Motors, Wal-Mart, Andersons, and HCR Manor Care.

      â??Employers have become adept at operating in an environment where the only certainty is uncertainty,â?? Perez adds. â??With that mindset, they are adding staff at a pace that parallels demand. We expect this consistent, measured growth in hiring to continue into next year.â??

      In February, Forbes ranked Toledo among the most miserable cities in the United States based upon factors that include violent crime, unemployment, taxes, homes prices, and weather.