Hiring Outlook is a Mixed Bag in WI

Almost one of every five Wisconsin employers plans to hire more people from October through December. But Manpower Incorporated says it’s a slowdown from the current quarter, in which one-of-every-four companies is adding jobs. The Milwaukee staffing firm says the drop is normal for this time of year, as hiring usually slows down going into the year’s fourth quarter. Eight-percent of Wisconsin firms expect layoffs this fall, up from five-percent in the June-through-September period. But with more hiring than layoffs, Manpower expects a net employment outlook of plus-11-percent statewide from October-through-December. That’s down from 21-percent in the current quarter, but still higher than the eight-percent net from the same time a year ago. Manpower’s Mike Steinmetz still calls the Wisconsin hiring trends solid, and slightly more optimistic than a year ago. The national net employment outlook is 11-percent, same as in the current quarter and three-percent higher than a year ago. Seventeen-percent of employers in both the U-S and the Midwest plan to add jobs in the year’s final quarter.