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Modest Job Market Expected for Wisconsin

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

Contacts: Mary Ann Lasky – 414-906-7320 or Pat Hevrdejs – 414-347-2345

December 11, 2012 – Employers in Wisconsin expect to hire at a moderate pace during the first quarter of 2013, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

From January to March, 15% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 10% expect to reduce their payrolls. Another 72% expect to maintain their current staff levels and 3% are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* of 5%.

“Employers’ hiring expectations for Quarter 1 2013 are weaker compared to Quarter 4 2012 when the Net Employment Outlook was 11%,” said Manpower spokesperson Mary Ann Lasky. “Compared to one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 8%, employers are slightly less optimistic about their staffing plans.”

Summary of Results for Wisconsin

Increase Staff Levels

Decrease Staff Levels

Maintain Staff Levels

Don’t Know

Net Employment Outlook

Q1 2013






Q4 2012
(previous quarter)






Q1 2012
(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 Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Information, Financial Activities, Education & Health Services, Other Services and Government. Employers in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing and Leisure & Hospitality plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in Transportation & Utilities and Professional & Business Services 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 8 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Quarter 1 2013. Seventy-two percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining three percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook is +12%, stable compared to the Quarter 4 2012 Net Employment Outlook of 11%.

To complement the Quarter 1 2013 survey results, an infographic is available for download. “Where the Jobs Are” offers a snapshot of data and trends from the survey, including key state and metro area-specific Outlooks along with an industry forecast. To view the infographic or press releases for other states or Metropolitan Statistical Areas or states, visit

The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on March 12, 2013 to report hiring expectations for Quarter 2 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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