Report: metro Milwaukee employers fourth in the country for hiring

Freeman Staff

March 10, 2015

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

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday said “employers expect to hire at a vigorous pace” during the second quarter of 2015. Among national survey participants, employers in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-Allis area had the fourth best employment outlook.

Last quarter, 29 percent of employers polled said they anticipated increasing staff levels and 5 percent responded they’d decrease staff levels. 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.

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 service 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.

For a full story on the report, see Wednesday’s Waukesha Freeman.