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Healthy Job Market Expected for Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSA

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Embargoed Until Tuesday, September 11, 12:01 a.m. ET

Contacts: Nicole Langley – (414) 526-5400 or Aaron Ritchie – (414) 412-6857

September 11, 2012 – Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSA employers expect to hire at an active pace during Quarter 4 2012, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

From October to December, 18% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 6% expect to reduce staff. Another 73% expect to maintain their current workforce levels and 3% are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* of 12%.

“As we look at the final months of the year, employment prospects are trending much weaker compared to the third quarter of 2012 when the Net Employment Outlook was 29%,” said Manpower spokesperson Nicole Langley. “Hiring plans are more optimistic compared to one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 6%.”

Summary of Results for Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSA

Increase Staff Levels

Decrease Staff Levels

Maintain Staff Levels

Don’t Know

Net Employment Outlook

Q4 2012






Q3 2012
(previous quarter)






Q4 2011
(one year ago)






*The Net Employment Outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.

For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Durable Goods Manufacturing, Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Financial Activities, Leisure & Hospitality and Other Services. Employers in Wholesale & Retail Trade and Education & Health Services plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in Construction, Information, Professional & Business Services and Government is expected to remain unchanged.

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Results for the United States

Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed in the United States, 17 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 9 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Quarter 4 2012. Seventy-two percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining two percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook is +11%, identical to the Quarter 3 2012 Net Employment Outlook.

To view results for other Metropolitan Statistical Areas or states, visit

The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on December 11, 2012 to report hiring expectations for Quarter 1 2013. To receive e-mail notification when the survey is available each quarter, visit

About the Survey

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforces during the next quarter. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey’s United States results are based on interviews with 18,000 employers located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, which includes the largest 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on number of business establishments. The mix of industries within the survey follows the North American Industry Classification System Supersectors and is structured to be representative of the U.S. economy.

The complete results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey can be found in the online Press Room at There you will also find the results for the 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas surveyed, the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Questions can be directed to

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