Survey Shows Hiring Optimism Among Employers

Milwaukee — Jan. 10

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Q1 2014 reflects continued hiring optimism among employers. More than 18,000 U.S. employers report a seasonally adjusted net employment outlook of 13 percent, representing the strongest hiring outlook reported in Quarter 1 since 2008, when it was 16 percent.

On Jan. 10, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the December jobless rate was 6.7 percent and 74,000 jobs were added across industries. Hiring increased in retail trade and professional and business services, with 40,000 temporary jobs added in December.

“This year, the key drivers of success with a job search are location, timing and skills,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and CEO. “It’s about being in the right place at the right time and having the right skills for the job. In the United States, the larger cities are oftentimes the places to be for jobs, but the challenge for job seekers is to showcase skills that are in demand and, more importantly, act quickly to connect with employers as open positions are often fleeting.

“In a normal economy, an increase in hiring is like a tide that rises all boats, but we’re seeing a lumpy recovery where hiring in some markets is expected to be up while others are flat,” Joerres said. “Each market has its own job story, and job seekers need to tune in to local market hiring trends to be successful finding their next job opportunity.”

Source: ManpowerGroup