U.S. Employers See Continued Stability in Workforce Levels

Milwaukee — March 12

Hiring decision-makers continue to take a measured but optimistic approach to hiring plans for the second quarter, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday.

According to the seasonally adjusted survey results, the “Net Employment Outlook” for the second quarter is 11 percent — a one percentage point decrease from the first quarter and slightly elevated from 10 percent during the year-earlier period.

This quarter’s research also concluded:

Positive trend in all states and metro areas: Employers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., report positive hiring plans. North Dakota remains a leader among the states, with a significant increase in job prospects as the outlook rose from 21 percent in the first quarter to 30 percent in the second quarter.

Fewest employers decreasing staff levels: The overall percentage of employers who anticipate staff reductions is at 5 percent. That is the smallest percentage of employers planning to reduce headcounts since the first quarter of 2000, when a 5 percent rate was also reported.

Stable hiring plans reach peak: 73 percent of employers plan to maintain current staff levels during the second quarter. This rivals the previous strongest percentage in this category, which was last at this level in the first quarter of 2011.

Improvement in construction sector: The construction industry anticipates a considerable increase in hiring in the second quarter in the Northeast, Midwest and West. With an increase of 5 percentage points in the Midwest and 4 percentage points in the West, these regions expect a greater increase in hiring compared to one year ago at this time, while employers in the Northeast anticipate an increase consistent with traditional second quarter data.

Source: ManpowerGroup