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.