College graduates bearing fresh diplomas and searching for Idaho jobs could find yet another hurdle to cross toward employment.
A national survey of businesses found corporate America plans to hire 1 percent fewer graduates in 1991 because of concerns about the Persian Gulf crisis, a recession and the federal deficit."What we're seeing is that employers are being much more cautious in their plans for hiring," said Richard Rapp, Boise State University career placement director.
The same is true for the University of Idaho.
"My sense is that the University of Idaho will feel a small impact from the overall cautiousness seen nationwide," said Alice Pope Barbut, acting director for the University of Idaho career services center.
The national survey was part of the 45th annual Lindquist-Endicott Report released Thursday.
"The economy is slowing down, so consequently, the demand for jobs would slow down," Idaho Power Co. economist John Church said.
Employment in Idaho is expected to grow aobut 4.6 percent next year, with an extra 13,000 jobs. But that is less growth than the 15,000 added in 1989, Church said.
The Lindquist-Endicott report showed accountants, teachers and health professionals will be in great demand in a few years.
Rapp said education will not feel the impact some professions will endure.
"It has to do with legislative appropriations," Rapp said. "Teachers have had pretty good years the last couple years, and I don't see any immediate reason there is going to be a big downturn for them."
But other industries cannot claim the same thing. Rapp said employers in many fields are delaying hiring decisions or have decided against adding on.
"It's a hesitation to make a commitment that they might later have to renege on," he said.
The report also said engineers will be in demand and graduates with master's degrees will be hired at a 25 percent higher rate than in 1990.
Rapp said graduates must plan even more carefully as they go job hunting, honing their interview skills.