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Survey: 22% of Wisconsin employers plan to hire from April to June


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - More than one of every five Wisconsin employers plan to add workers from April through June.

That’s according to a quarterly survey by Manpower Incorporated.

The Milwaukee-based job placement firm polls 18,000 U.S. companies about their hiring plans every three months.

Of the Wisconsin firms surveyed, 22 percent plan to hire additional people this spring. 4 percent expect layoffs. And 72 percent will maintain their current employment levels.

In the Milwaukee metro area, 23 percent of employers plan to add staff members in the second quarter of the year. 5 percent expect layoffs, 3 percent are not sure, and 69 percent expect no change.

Nationally, the numbers of employers planning layoffs – 5 percent – is the lowest since 2000.

The survey was taken a few weeks before the automatic federal spending cuts took effect March 1st – and employers did not figure them into their plans.

Manpower senior executive Jorge Perez says there will be an impact from the federal cuts, but it’s too early to say what they extent might be.