ManpowerGroup Advises U.S. Companies to Diversify Skills of Top Business Leaders, As U.S. Jobless Rate Steadies at 7.8%

   ManpowerGroup Advises U.S. Companies to Diversify Skills of Top Business
                Leaders, As U.S. Jobless Rate Steadies at 7.8%

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports 156,000 Jobs Added in December

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MILWAUKEE, Jan. 4, 2013

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world
leader in innovative workforce solutions, says U.S. companies must build up
the right business leaders needed to strategically evolve their business
across fast-changing industries and regional economies, as the world's talent
shortage ensues and the risk linked to business decisions in today's economy


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today reported that the overall December
jobless rate was 7.8%. The U.S. private sector added 156,000 new jobs last
month, while October's jobs figure was revised down from 138,000 to 137,000
and November was revised up from 146,000 to 161,000.

"Developing leaders who can navigate volatility and build the flexible
workforce needed to fulfill a business strategy is too often, today, just a
concept versus a top priority for executive teams," said Jeffrey A. Joerres,
ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "The unpredictable nature of today's economy
is forcing all business leaders to make quick, yet carefully vetted decisions.
All business leaders must think very critically about the complex
decision-making skills required by their executive teams in the Human Age."

According to ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey results, 49% of U.S.
employers struggle to fill mission-critical positions. Despite this
statistic, a substantial proportion of employers indicate unfilled positions
are expected to have little or no impact on key constituents, such as
customers and investors; this proportion grew from 36% in 2011 to 56% in 2012.

"Complacency does not enable a company to manage risk, find the best talent or
make effective business decisions," said ManpowerGroup President Jonas
Prising. "Business decisions in the Human Age carry more risk than ever
before. A specific mix of skills and mindsets need to be developed in
leadership teams to frame the right context for the decision-making process."

Optimism among U.S. hiring decision makers continues to improve, according to
the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey's new U.S. results. When seasonal
variations are removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook for Quarter 1
2013 is +12%, a 1 percentage point increase from Quarter 4 2012 and slightly
elevated from +9% during the same period last year. This quarter's research
concludes that this quarter is the strongest first quarter data collected
since 2008, and is significantly stronger than the weakest first quarter
Outlook in the history of the survey, reported in 2010. Full survey results
appear here:

About ManpowerGroup
ManpowerGroup™ (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce
solutions, creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable our clients
to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness. With over
60 years of experience, our $22 billion company creates unique time to value
through a comprehensive suite of innovative solutions that help clients win in
the Human Age. These solutions cover an entire range of talent-driven needs
from recruitment and assessment, training and development, and career
management, to outsourcing and workforce consulting. ManpowerGroup maintains
the world's largest and industry-leading network of nearly 3,600 offices in 80
countries and territories, generating a dynamic mix of an unmatched global
footprint with valuable insight and local expertise to meet the needs of its
400,000 clients per year, across all industry sectors, small and medium-sized
enterprises, local, multinational and global companies. By connecting our deep
understanding of human potential to the ambitions of clients, ManpowerGroup
helps the organizations and individuals we serve achieve more than they
imagined – because their success leads to our success. And by creating these
powerful connections, we create power that drives organizations forward,
accelerates personal success and builds more sustainable communities. We help
power the world of work. The ManpowerGroup suite of solutions is offered
through ManpowerGroup™ Solutions, Manpower®, Experis™ and Right Management®.
Learn more about how the ManpowerGroup can help you win in the Human Age at

ManpowerGroup is the most trusted brand in the industry, and was once again
the only company in our industry to be named to the Ethisphere Institute's
2012 World's Most Ethical Companies list for our proven commitment to ethical
business practices, including an outstanding commitment to ethical leadership,
compliance practices and corporate social responsibility.

In January 2011, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos,
Switzerland, ManpowerGroup announced the world has entered the Human Age,
where talent has replaced capital as the key competitive differentiator. This
concept of talentism as the new capitalism continues to resonate and was
echoed as a core theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum
in Davos. Learn more about this new age at

Gain access to ManpowerGroup's extensive thought leadership papers, annual
Talent Shortage surveys and the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, one of the
most trusted indices of employment activity in the world, via the
ManpowerGroup World of Work Insight iPad application. This thought leadership
app explores the challenges faced by employers navigating the changing world
of work and provides in-depth commentary, analysis, insight and advice on
strategies for success.

Follow ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres on Twitter: Joerres is one of only 20 Fortune 500 CEOs who
leverages a Twitter account to get his message out.

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