The new quarterly survey from Manpower Incorporated finds the months ahead promise very healthy job growth statewide. Manpower spokesman Mike Lynch says the survey of business and industry leaders across Iowa finds 29-percent of them plan to add to their staffs during April, May and June, while only five-percent plan staff reductions. Lynch says “the entire state of Iowa should expect some upturn in terms of hiring. Most of the major markets surveyed are expecting literally double-digit growth in terms of those employers who are looking to hire versus those who are looking to reduce their staff.” Lynch says some Iowa communities will see better job growth than others. Several communities look particularly good for job growth in the coming quarter, including: Cedar Rapids, the Quad Cities, Marshalltown, Sioux City and Waterloo. While all numbers indicate positive growth, a few communities will be seeing growth that’s -not- as robust as the rest of Iowa, including Iowa City, Muscatine and Ottumwa. Overall, Lynch says the picture looks bright in many industries.Construction, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, wholesale/retail, education and public administration — he says all sectors look promising. The full survey can be seen on-line at “www.manpower.com”.
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