Iowans who are looking for jobs will have good odds of finding them this summer, according to the latest survey from Manpower. Mike Lynch, a Manpower spokesman, says the survey of Iowa employers shows many companies are looking to hire new workers, with the numbers looking especially good in Des Moines. Lynch says statewide, 31-percent of employers plan to hire in the quarter ahead while five-percent plan staff reductions, for an overall 26-percent expected increase — he says they’re very good numbers. In Iowa’s largest city, Lynch says employers in Des Moines expect to be hiring at a robust pace. Of employers surveyed in Des Moines, 43-percent plan to hire in the three months ahead while zero-percent plan cuts — what he calls a “significant” increase. Lynch says most of the cities in the state are in that same boat. Burlington, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo all show positive job growth for the next quarter. He says it’s almost across-the-board while only employers in Iowa City were projecting a net decrease in jobs. For the coming quarter, Lynch says job prospects appear best in industries including: construction, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, wholesale/retail trade, education, services and public administration. Hiring in transportation/public utilities and finance/insurance/real estate is expected to remain unchanged. The complete results of the national survey can be found at www.manpower.com.
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