Report: metro Milwaukee employers fourth in the country for hiring
31 percent say they plan to hire more in coming months

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

March 11, 2015

MILWAUKEE - A survey of employers in the Milwaukee area revealed they intend to hire more workers in the coming months, making it the fourth best employment outlook for a metropolitan area in the United States, a result that doesn’t surprise Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Inc. Board President Francisco Sanchez.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday said “employers expect to hire at a vigorous pace” during the second quarter of 2015.

“It has been consistent for quite a while,” Sanchez said, referencing a previous Manpower employment outlook.

A survey of employers in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan area revealed that 31 percent intend to hire more employees from April through June, while 3 percent responded that they will reduce payrolls.

Sanchez feels that Manpower’s report is a fair representation of the employment marketplace.

“They are creating positions; they are looking for people and hiring people,” he said.

Last quarter, 29 percent of employers polled said they anticipated increasing staff levels and 5 percent responded they planned to decrease them. According to the survey, 62 percent of employers plan to maintain staff levels during the second quarter, while 65 percent responded the same way in the first quarter.

Of the positions being filled with the recent hires, Sanchez believes they are due to a combination of newly created positions, as well as positions left empty during the Recession or when someone retired.

According to the survey, in the coming months the job prospects appear to be best in construction, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, wholesale/retail trade, financial activities, education and health services, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed in the U.S., 22 percent expect to increase their workforces, while 4 percent anticipate a decline during the second quarter.

In Wisconsin, Manpower found that 29 percent of companies interviewed plan to hire more employees from April to June, while 3 percent intend to reduce their staff. Sixty-five percent of employers answered they plan to stay at their current staffing levels and 3 percent responded they are uncertain about those levels. As a result, a net employment outlook of 26 percent is expected for the second quarter.

“The survey shows employers’ staffing plans are stronger than Quarter 1 when the net employment outlook was 18 percent,” said Manpower spokeswoman Nicole Langley in a statement. “Job prospects are also expected to improve compared to last year at this time when the net employment outlook was 21 percent.”

Sanchez said he feels optimistic about job growth in 2015.

“My personal opinion, it’s going to be very good,” he said. “We went through a very painful few years, but employment is back on track.”
 

By the numbers

31 percent of surveyed employers in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area plan to hire more employees from April through June, while 3 percent responded that they will reduce payrolls.

Among survey participants, the Milwaukee area has the fourth best employment outlook for a metropolitan area and Wisconsin has the third best outlook in the country.

In the U.S., 22 percent of employers expect to increase their workforces, while 4 percent anticipate a decline during the second quarter.

28 percent net employment outlook for metro Milwaukee during second quarter; 24 percent during the first quarter of 2015 and 22 percent during the second quarter of 2014.

Source:  Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2015

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