2017 Q3 ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (MEOS)

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U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain positive in Q3 2017 with one in four employers (24 percent) planning to add staff between July and September, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey released today. Of the 11,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 70 percent expect to keep their workforce intact through the next three months and just four percent expect workforce reductions.

Taking seasonal variations into account, the Net Employment Outlook* for Quarter 3 2017 is +17%, which marks the 12th consecutive quarter with an Outlook of +15% or stronger. Nationwide hiring prospects improve by 2 percentage points when compared to one year ago.

“Employers across the country are optimistic but don’t want to get ahead of themselves. In most sectors, employers report relatively stable hiring plans with some upticks – most notably in durable goods manufacturing, where there are the strongest hiring intentions in more than nine years,” said Michael Stull, Senior Vice President, Manpower North America. “Technological disruption is rapidly changing skills needs, especially in manufacturing as the marketplace transitions from typical labor to more advanced roles. To keep up, we’re seeing employers increasingly invest in training and development programs so people can learn while they earn. We’re focused on building programs to help workers get the skills they need for tomorrow while staying employable today."

View complete Q3 2017 survey results for the U.S.: www.manpowergroup.us/meos