The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, released today by ManpowerGroup, reveals U.S. employers’ hiring intentions are among the strongest globally for the third quarter of 2015. Taking into account seasonal variations, the survey sets the Net Employment Outlook at +16 percent, which would be a continuation of the growth seen by the U.S. labor market in Quarter 2 and an increase from Quarter 3 2014 when the Outlook was +14%.
Of the more than 11,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 24 percent anticipate increasing staff levels in Quarter 3 2015, the highest percentage of employers adding staff since Quarter 3 2008. Four percent of employers expect workforce reductions, and 70 percent expect no change in hiring plans.
“U.S. employers have reported the same steady hiring plans throughout 2015, and the third-quarter results are no exception,” said ManpowerGroup CEO, Jonas Prising. “We are seeing the signs of a healthy labor market, with the outlook improving compared to 2014. Although there is some variance in optimism across sectors, employers are focused on growth and adding to their workforces at a controlled rate so as not to face the consequences of over-hiring.”