Survey: Employers optimistic about hiring

Special to The Freeman

June 11, 2014

MILWAUKEE – The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows continued hiring confidence among U.S. employers for the third quarter.

The survey, released by Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup, reflects a Net Employment Outlook of +14, which is the strongest it’s been since the second quarter of 2008. In addition, of the more than 18,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 22 percent anticipate an increase in staff levels in the third quarter.

Of those surveyed, 4 percent anticipate staff cuts, while 71 percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 3 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring, according to the survey.
“We’re seeing a measured level of improvement across all labor segments that has been building over the last five years,” said ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising. “While dramatic jumps in hiring are uncommon, we continue to see a slow, yet steady, increase in demand for talent from our clients as they take a holistic approach in rebuilding their employee base.”