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Manpower survey shows nearly 20% of Wisconsin companies looking to hire

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - About one of every five Wisconsin companies plan to add employees from January through March of next year.  

That's according to the quarterly survey from Milwaukee's Manpower group.

Analyst Nicole Langley says employers expect their job prospects to be slightly stronger as the New Year begins. 68 percent of Wisconsin employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels. Nine percent expect layoffs.  

In general, Manpower says the economy is not recovering fast enough to revive the optimism seen before the Great Recession -- but it's not weak enough to be stagnant again.  

Manpower says Wisconsin's net employment outlook is 11 percent. That's the percentage of firms adding employees, minus those expecting layoffs.  

Metro Milwaukee's job picture does not look as bright for the start of 2014. Manpower says the region's employment outlook is a plus-7 percent -- only half of what it's been for the current quarter.

Nationally, the net outlook is 13 percent, with very little change over the last year-and-a-half. Manpower executive Jorge Perez says the nation still has a, "hangover" from the recession.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)