MILWAUKEE — Employers across the
country largely think that the number of people they employ going
into 2019 will remain the same.
The results of the most recent ManpowerGroup released today
indicated that 71 percent of U.S. employers anticipate there will be
no changes in their staffing levels in the fourth quarter, while 5
percent expect payrolls to decrease.
According to the survey of 11,500 employers, hiring prospects
increased by 1 percent in the fourth quarter when compared to the
previous quarter and 2 percent when compared to the fourth quarter a
ManpowerGroup said that employers in the western United States
“report the strongest hiring intentions in more than 10 years with
an improvement of 3 percentage points when compared with the third
quarter of 2018. Northeast employers report slightly stronger hiring
plans with a quarter-over-quarter increase of 2 percentage points.
In the South, a quarter-over-quarter improvement of 1 percentage
point results in the strongest outlook for the region in 11 years.
The outlook for the Midwest declines by 1 percentage point in
comparison with Quarter 3 2018.”
In the Midwest, 20 percent of the employers said they are expecting
a 20 percent increase in their workforce, while 5 percent said they
anticipate a decrease in the number of employees and 74 percent
expect no change.
The government sector of Midwest employers reported moderately
stronger hiring expectations for the fourth quarter, when compared
to the previous quarter.
According to the survey results, hiring intentions improve slightly
in five sectors: Construction, Education & Health Services, Durable
Goods Manufacturing, Other Services and Professional & Business
Services. Employers in three Midwest industry sectors report
relatively stable hiring plans in comparison with Quarter 3 2018:
Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities and
Wholesale & Retail Trade. Leisure & Hospitality sector employers in
the region report considerably weaker hiring prospects when compared
with the previous quarter, while the Outlook for the Information
sector is moderately weaker. Employers in the Financial Activities
sector report a slight quarter-over-quarter decline.