U.S. employers predict strong hiring
All industries surveyed plan to hire

By Katherine Michalets

Sept. 10, 2019

MILWAUKEE — Employers in the United States are predicting a strong quarter for hiring with 13 industries surveyed by Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup expecting double-digit hiring in the fourth quarter.

Some highlights of the report released by Manpower Group is that employers report a national outlook of +20% for Q4 2019, up 1 percentage point year-over-year, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

This is the first time since the fourth quarter of 2006 that the Manpower-Group survey had more than 11,5000 employees reporting a fourth quarter outlook as high as +20%.

Employers in all 13 industries report double-digit hiring intentions with the most optimistic outlooks reported in Leisure & Hospitality (+27%) as consumers continue to spend, according to the announcement.

Employers in Professional & Business Services are also optimistic with +24% outlook, increasing the demand for workers with specialized skills. Other industries were: Wholesale & Retail Trade (+23%); Transportation & Utilities, (+22%); and Financial Activities, which includes roles in banking, insurance and real estate, +13%.

However, ManpowerGroup’s survey also warns of some weakening for hiring in certain industries, including in manufacturing with reduced, but still positive hiring plans quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.

“We’re still in a time of unprecedented opportunity for U.S. workers as there are more open jobs than there are people actively seeking work,” said Becky Frankiewicz, president of Manpower-Group North America, in a statement. “While the global economic landscape is increasingly uncertain, employers still intend to hire across all industries. Businesses are staying focused on growth and we’ve seen more commit to investing in upskilling their people — that is, teaching them new skills for future jobs — in the last two months than we have in the last two years. We’re advising clients on how to align these training programs with future roles, creating career pathways to help people stay employable for the long-term.”