U.S. Employers Foresee Continued Stability in Workforce Levels, According to
Employers Report Slightly Elevated Confidence Compared to 12 Months Ago
MILWAUKEE, March 12, 2013
MILWAUKEE, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hiring decision makers continue to
take a measured but optimistic approach to hiring plans for Quarter 2 2013,
according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today by
ManpowerGroup. According to the seasonally adjusted survey results, the Net
Employment Outlook for Quarter 2 2013 is +11%, a 1 percentage point decrease
from Quarter 1 2013 and slightly elevated from +10% during the same period
As a supplement to the Quarter 2 2013 survey results, an infographic is
available for download at http://press.manpower.com/. "Where the Jobs Are"
offers a snapshot of data and trends from the survey, including key state and
metro area-specific Outlooks along with an industry forecast.
This quarter's research concludes:
oPositive Trend in All States and Metro Areas: Employers in all 50 states,
Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia report positive hiring plans.
North Dakota remains a leader among the states with a significant increase
in job prospects as the Outlook rises from +21% in Quarter 1 2013 to +30%
in Quarter 2 2013. Employers in all Metropolitan Statistical Areas also
report positive hiring plans, with Outlooks ranging from +3% to +23%.
oFewest Employers Decreasing Staff Levels: The overall percentage of
employers who anticipate staff reductions is at 5 percent. This is the
smallest percentage of employers planning to reduce headcounts since
Quarter 3 2000, when a 5 percent rate was also reported.
oStable Hiring Plans Reach Peak: 73 percent of employers plan to maintain
current staff levels during Quarter 2 2013. This rivals the previous
strongest percentage in this category, which was last at this level in
Quarter 1 2011.
oImprovement in Construction Sector: The Construction industry sector
anticipates a considerable increase in hiring in Quarter 2 2013 in the
Northeast, Midwest and West. With an increase of 5 percentage points in
the Midwest and 4 in the West, these regions expect a greater increase in
hiring compared to one year ago at this time, while employers in the
Northeast anticipate an increase consistent with traditional Quarter 2
"Quarter over quarter our data reports slow and steady hiring projections,
which is good news compared with the hiring downturns we experienced several
years ago," said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president. "The main priority
for employers today should be to refine management methods to build winning
teams so they have the right people in place when the economy takes off
Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 18 percent expect to add to their
workforces in Quarter 2 2013, while 5 percent expect a decrease in payrolls,
resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +13%. When seasonally adjusted, the
Net Employment Outlook becomes +11%. Seventy-three percent of employers expect
no change in their hiring plans. The final 4 percent of employers indicate
they are undecided about their hiring intentions.
"As the economic tailwinds of the housing, banking and auto industries
continue to pick up, we are seeing a gradual acceleration in hiring,
accompanied by fewer companies decreasing staff," said Prising. "The
considerable growth of the Construction sector is a reflection of continued
progress and employers are responding to this as outside momentum gives them
more confidence to push their plans forward."
Hiring Outlooks for Industry Sectors and Regions
For Quarter 2 2013, employers have a positive Outlook in all 13 industry
sectors included in the survey: Leisure & Hospitality (+24%), Professional &
Business Services (+18%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+15%), Mining (+14%),
Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+14%), Transportation & Utilities (+14%),
Information (+13%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+12%), Financial Activities
(+11%), Construction (+10%), Other Services (+9%), Education & Health Services
(+7%) and Government (+7%). When the industry sector data is compared
quarter-over-quarter, employers in the the Construction, Nondurable Goods
Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities and Leisure & Hospitality sectors
anticipate a considerable hiring increase, while employers in the Mining,
Durable Goods Manufacturing and Professional & Business Services sectors
anticipate a moderate hiring increase. Employers in the Other Services
industry sector look for the hiring pace to slightly increase. Staff levels
are expected to remain relatively stable among employers in four industry
sectors: Information, Financial Activities, Education & Health Services and
Government. The Wholesale & Retail Trade sector anticipates a slight decrease
in the hiring pace.
A positive Net Employment Outlook is reported in all four U.S. regions. When
seasonal variations are removed from the data, quarter-over-quarter plans to
add employees remain essentially unchanged among employers in the Northeast,
Midwest and South, while employers in the West expect hiring to slightly
decrease. Compared to one year ago at this time, employers in all regions
expect a relatively stable hiring environment for Quarter 2 2013.
The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on June 11, to
report hiring expectations for the third quarter of 2013. To receive e-mail
notification when the survey is available each quarter, visit
*Note to Editors
The Net Employment Outlook, often shortened to Outlook, is derived by taking
the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and
subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in
About the Survey
ManpowerGroup's quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey measures
employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their
workforce during the next quarter. It is the only forward-looking survey of
its kind, unparalleled in size, scope, longevity and area of focus.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted using a validated
methodology in accordance with the highest standards in market research. In
the U.S., the survey is conducted by an independent, third-party research firm
and includes a select sample of more than 18,000 U.S. employers. This sample
represents the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on business
establishment count and all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto
Rico. The mix of industries within the survey follows the North American
Industry Classification System (NAICS) Supersectors and is structured to be
representative of the U.S. economy. With this number of interviews, the
overall U.S. survey carries a margin of error of +/-0.61%, with a 90%
The complete results from the U.S. national Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
are available for download at press.manpower.com, where you will also find the
survey results for the 100 MSAs, 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
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