Steady statewide economic growth through the end of the year
should lead to more hiring, according to a survey of state
business leaders conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers &
However, business leaders continue to see the skills gap as a
barrier to hiring.
Seventy-one percent of the 261 business executives who completed
the semi-annual survey said Wisconsin’s economy will see
moderate growth in the next six months, while 22 percent said
growth will be flat. Similarly, the percentage of executives who
plan to hire by the end of the year grew to 56 percent, up from
44 percent in January.
Of those surveyed, 53 percent said they’re having trouble
finding workers, with three-quarters of them blaming a lack of
qualified workers. Sixty-one percent said they have raised
salaries in order to attract or retain workers.