Milwaukee and Madison lead metro areas in hiring predictions
Wisconsin is in top 5 states for jobs outlook

Freeman Staff

June 12, 2019

WAUKESHA — Not only is Wisconsin one of five states in the country with the strongest jobs outlook, according to a survey from ManpowerGroup, Milwaukee and Madison made the list of top metro areas in the country for the same reason.

ManpowerGroup conducted more than 11,500 interviews with employers within the United States in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to measure hiring intentions between July and September. All participants were asked, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of September 2019 compared to the current quarter?”

The survey released Tuesday found that 28% of Midwest employers surveyed expect to grow payrolls during the forthcoming quarter. Additionally, 3% of employers expect to trim staffing levels, and 68% anticipate no change. The resulting Net Employment Outlook stands at +25%, according to the survey.

“Once the data is adjusted to allow for seasonal variation, the Outlook is the strongest in the Midwest for 18 years, improving slightly in comparison with both the previous quarter and this time one year ago,” reads the report.

Leisure & Hospitality sector employers in the Midwest report considerably stronger hiring intentions for the next three months when compared with the second quarter of 2019. Employers in three Midwest industry sectors anticipate moderately stronger hiring activity in comparison with the second quarter of 2019: construction, government and information. Slightly stronger hiring prospects are reported in three sectors: education & health services, other services and transportation & utilities.

In comparison, during the third quarter of 2019, 27% of U.S. employers expect to increase payrolls, 3% anticipate a decrease and 69% expect no change, according to the survey.