Survey: Employers looking to hire in third quarter

The third economic quarter of the year could be successful for manufacturing recruiters and Chicago staffing services. According to a recent survey, many industries will maintain or increase staffing levels after July 1.

Of the 11,000 employers interviewed by the ManpowerGroup for the Employment Outlook Survey, 24 percent said they would see a rise in their workforce in the third quarter. Additionally, 70 percent said there would no change in how many employees they have, while only 4 percent indicated a decrease in staff.

Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup's CEO, said that the recruiters in a wide variety of industries are having success thanks to the improving economy. The 24 percent mark of companies who said they would hire was the highest number for any single quarter since the third quarter of 2008, just prior to the start of the recent recession.

"We are seeing the signs of a healthy labor market, with the outlook improving compared to 2014," Prising said in a statement, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Although there is some variance in optimism across sectors, employers are focused on growth and adding to their work forces at a controlled rate so as not to face the consequences of over-hiring."

Growth in all areas

Among specific industries, the survey shows the biggest potential growth in leisure and hospitality, which is expected to see a 41 percent bump in employment. Those in the manufacturing field, making both durable and nondurable goods, will also see a rise in employment. The survey reported both those fields could see a 19 percent increase.

Mining was the one field that did not perform well in the survey, as 15 percent of employers in that industry said they were likely to decrease staff in the coming three months.

For Chicago recruiters, the news in mixed. The survey showed that 24 percent of Midwestern companies were looking to add staff in the third quarter, compared to only 3 percent who will see a drop in employment. However, when broken down by metropolitan area, surveyors in Chicago expected just a 15 percent spike in hiring.

All 100 of the country's largest metropolitan areas are expected to see a positive net employment over the next three months, led by Rochester, New York, Nashville, Tennessee, San Jose, California, and Seattle. Employers in all of those cities said they were planning to add staff at a greater than 30 percent clip.