Milwaukee area hiring outlook improves for second quarter

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Its survey of 11,000 US employers said 22 percent plan to add staff in the second quarter, and only 3 percent anticipate job cuts during the second quarter. "Furthermore, intense pressure from online retailers and lacklustre consumer sentiment has resulted in the second consecutive quarter of negative outlooks for the wholesale trade & retail trade sector". "The majority of local employers said they anticipated no change in their staffing levels for the upcoming quarter, which is a reflection of this economic uncertainty translating into the local employment market", said Lyndy van den Barselaar, MD of Manpower SA.

Employers from eight different sectors believe that things will pick up in their line of business, and representatives of seven sectors plan to hire more personnel. The final 3% of employers were not sure about their hiring intentions.

Manpower highlighted construction, nondurable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality as industries with the best job prospects in the metro area.

Across Canada, a net of 7% of companies-on a seasonally adjusted basis-plan to hire staff, which is up three percentage points compared with the previous quarter and at the same level as Q2 2016. The public administration & education, transportation & utilities and mining & construction sectors are likely to employ more staff.

When compared with this time one year ago, Outlooks decline in all seven industry sectors.

The region has a net employment outlook - calculated by subtracting the percent planning to decrease from those planning an increase - of 20 percent. The net employment outlook figure is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating total employment to increase and subtracting from this the percentage expecting to see a decrease in employment at their location in the next quarter. Elsewhere, steady payroll gains are expected in the North and the West, with Outlooks of +18 per cent and +15 per cent, respectively, while the Outlook for the East stands at +12 per cent.

Nationally, the net employment outlook was at 19 percent, up from 13 percent in the first quarter and 18 percent previous year. Meanwhile, employers in the South report relatively stable hiring intentions.

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