MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Dayton metropolitan statistical area employers plan to hire at a mild pace in the second quarter of 2021 with an employment outlook of 6%, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

Among employers surveyed, 9% plan to hire more employees from April through June. This number is offset by the 3% that plan to reduce payrolls while 88% of employers expect to maintain current staff levels and 0% indicate they are not sure of their hiring plans.

This yields a net employment outlook of 6%. Research was conducted in January 2021.

“Compared to Q1 2021 when the net employment outlook was 14%, Dayton, Ohio, MSA employers have reported a weaker hiring pace,” Tom Maher, of Manpower, said. “When looking at year-over-year expectations, hiring intentions have slowed down from when the outlook was 19 percent.”

For the coming months of April-June employers are optimistic to hire in durable goods manufacturing, information and education, and health services. In contrast, local employers expect a decrease in payrolls in leisure and hospitality. Construction, nondurable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services, other services and government job prospects remain unchanged.

Complete results for the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey are available for download at