Jobs outlook mixed

March 15, 2009
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Grand Rapids-Wyoming area employers expect to hire at a modest pace during the second quarter of 2009, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

From April to June, 15 percent of companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 14 percent expect to reduce payrolls. Another 67 percent expect to maintain current staff levels and 4 percent are uncertain about hiring plans.

Job prospects appear best in Durable Goods Manufacturing, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Leisure & Hospitality and Government. Employers in Construction, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing and Wholesale & Retail Trade plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in Transportation & Utilities, Education & Health Services and Other Services is expected to remain unchanged.

Holland-Grand Haven area employers expect to hire at a slow pace. From April to June, 14 percent of companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 17 percent expect to reduce payrolls. Another 64 percent expect to maintain current staff levels and 5 percent are not certain of their hiring plans.

Kalamazoo-Portage area employers expect to hire at a fair pace. From April to June, 15 percent plan to hire more employees, while 14 percent expect to reduce payrolls. Another 69 percent expect to maintain current staff levels and 2 percent are undecided.

Of the 31,800 employers surveyed in the U.S., 15 percent expect to increase staff, while 14 percent expect to reduce payrolls. Sixty-seven percent expect no change and 4 percent are undecided.

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