Wisconsin Expected To See Modest Job Growth For Rest Of Year, Survey Says

Manpower Forecast Says Nearly 1 In 4 Employers Plan To Hire

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Wisconsin’s economy will likely add jobs in the last three months of the year, but hiring is slowing from where it was a year ago, according to a new survey.

A hiring survey predicts more job growth to be slower than the kind foreseen three or 12 months ago. The forecast from the Milwaukee-based Manpower Group said that 22 percent of Wisconsin employers expect to add jobs the rest of this year, while 7 percent predict layoffs.

Manpower spokesman Chris Layden said that net employment outlook of 15 percent is positive news.

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“But that is 10 percentage points lower than the quarter we’re coming out of, the third quarter of 2015, and also lower than one year ago,” Layden said.

Layden said all industry sectors in Wisconsin should show job gains. The Milwaukee area has the best regional outlook in the state, with slower growth expected in Madison.

More than two-thirds of Wisconsin employers said that they plan no change in staffing levels.