While many Iowa employers are hiring now for seasonal help, a survey finds far fewer companies will be adding workers in the new year, and many will be cleaning house. Mike Lynch, spokesman for Manpower Incorporated, says they’ve found 13-percent of Iowa firms expect to hire new people early next year, while 17-percent plan to reduce staffs. The rest either plan to maintain the current staff or don’t know what 2003 holds.The survey covers January, February and March of 2003. Lynch says right now is a good time to find temporary work in Iowa as businesses of all sorts add staff for Thanksgiving through New Years. He says the wholesale and retail areas are usually looking for people at this time of year.While the survey predicts Iowa firms will see more people fired than hired in next year’s first quarter, Lynch says that’s pretty typical after New Years.The survey covered many individual Iowa cities. It finds the best places to FIND a job during the first quarter of next year are: Burlington, Iowa City and Muscatine. Three areas where firms said they’d be doing more firing than hiring next year are: Sioux City, Des Moines and the Quad Cities. The full survey is on-line at “www.us.manpower.com”.
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