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Grand Rapids job market ranks third in U.S. for summer
In its just released employment-outlook survey, Manpower ranked the Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA as the third best in the nation.
According to the survey: “From July to September, 28 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 4 percent expect to reduce staff. Another 65 percent expect to maintain their current workforce levels, and 3 percent are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a net employment outlook of 24 percent.”
“Employers’ hiring expectations for Q3 2013 are stronger compared to Q2 2013, when the net employment outlook was 17 percent,” said Jill Momber, spokesperson for Manpower locally.
Manpower noted that the industries where job prospects are the best are construction, durable goods manufacturing, nondurable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, information, financial activities, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and other services.
Statewide, Manpower reported that “from July to September, 24 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 4 percent expect to reduce their payrolls. Another 69 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels, and 3 percent are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a net employment outlook of 20 percent.”
“The employment forecast for the third quarter is brighter compared to the second quarter of 2013, when the net employment outlook was 13 percent,” said Manpower spokesperson Becca Dernberger. “Employers expect similar employment prospects compared with one year ago, when the net employment outlook was 21 percent.”
Reduced staffing levels are expected to occur in education and health services, while government hiring is expected to remain unchanged.
Nationwide, Manpower found that “of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 22 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 6 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Q3 2013. Seventy percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining 2 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans.”