A quarterly survey on job prospects from employers in Iowa’s 11 largest cities looks promising for the summer months. Mike Lynch, spokesman for Manpower, says the employment agency’s survey singles out Iowa’s largest city as having the seventh-best employment outlook in the nation.
Lynch says the agency’s survey found 57-percent of employers in Des Moines plan to add to their staffs in the coming three months and only three-percent plan to cut staff, which is quite strong and among the very best in the U.S. He says every one of Iowa’s 11 cities or metro areas on the survey show positive job growth for the upcoming quarter, which bodes well for the months ahead.
Lynch says it appears the entire state is looking relatively positive with several areas showing particular strength, including Des Moines, Waterloo, Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown. Statewide, 33-percent of employers said they planned to hire in the coming months, only six-percent plan cuts, while 56-percent expect no staff changes and five-percent didn’t know.
He says employers in a number of industries in Iowa are projecting good job growth for the three months ahead. He says transportation and public utilities all look strong, as do construction, wholesale retail trades, education and public administration. The only areas that indicate they’ll likely stay unchanged are the services industry, finance, insurance and real estate sectors. For more information, surf to “www.manpower.com”.
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