logo_manpowerA survey of Iowa employers released today shows nearly a quarter of them expect to add workers in the first few months of 2016. Karen Miller is spokesperson for Manpower Group.

“Twenty-four-percent of those employers we surveyed said they’re looking to increase staffing levels in the first quarter of the year,” Miller said. While that’s positive news for those Iowans seeking employment, many other Iowans could be losing their jobs, according to the new survey.

“Nine-percent (of the Iowa employers surveyed) said they’re looking to do some decreasing,” Miller said. Another 66 percent of the Iowa employers surveyed believe they’ll maintain their current staff levels between January and March.

The Q-1 Manpower survey gives Iowa a “net employment outlook” of 15-percent. That’s down from 20-percent three months ago and 16-percent one year ago.