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
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
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
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
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.”
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