Employers to hire at healthy pace

Staff report

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — West Central Ohio employers expect to hire at a healthy pace during Quarter 3, 2017, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

Among employers surveyed, 25 percent plan to hire more employees from July through September. This number is offset by the 1 percent that plan to reduce payrolls, while 74 percent of employers expect to maintain current staff levels and none indicated they are not sure of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook of 24 percent.

The Net Employment Outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.

“Local employers anticipate a steady hiring pace compared to Q2, 2017, when the Net Employment Outlook was 24 percent,” said ManpowerGroup spokesperson Joanie Krein. “Last year at this time, employers expected less hiring activity when the outlook was 22 percent.”

For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, nondurable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, other services and government. Hiring in information, financial activities and education and health services is expected to remain unchanged.

Of the more than 11,000 employers surveyed in the United States, 24 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 4 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Quarter 3, 2017. Seventy percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining 2 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans.

The next ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey will be released Sept. 12, 2017, to report hiring expectations for Quarter 4, 2017. To receive e-mail notification when the survey is available each quarter, register for updates at http://meos-press.manpowergroup.us/.

Staff report