A quarter of employers to hire in Milwaukee area

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Dec. 8, 2015

MILWAUKEE — A report released Tuesday by the ManpowerGroup indicated a quarter of Milwaukee-area employers intend to hire additional employees during the first quarter of 2016.

According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, 24 percent of employers in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis region plan to hire more workers from January through March. This number is offset by the 5 percent that plan to reduce payrolls, while 71 percent of employers expect to maintain current staff levels. No one responded they are not sure of their hiring plans, according to the report. After all the data is taken into consideration, the net employment outlook is approximately 19 percent.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, 23 percent of survey respondents said they intended to hire additional staff, while 3 percent planned to decrease staffing levels. Seventy-three percent said their company’s staffing levels would remain the same while 1 percent responded they didn’t know.

“Local employers anticipate a steady hiring pace compared to Q4 2015 when the Net Employment Outlook was 20 percent,” said Manpower spokesperson Chris Layden in a statement. “Last year at this time, employers expected more hiring activity when the Outlook was 24 percent.”

The best job prospects for the first quarter of 2016 are anticipated to be in durable goods manufacturing, nondurable goods manufacturing, transportation & utilities, wholesale & retail trade, information, professional & business services, education & health services, leisure & hospitality and other services. Employers in construction plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in financial activities and government is expected to remain unchanged, according to Manpower.

Nationally, of the more than 11,000 employers surveyed, 20 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 6 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during the first quarter of the new year. Seventy-two percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining 2 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans, according to the report.