The eyes of the nation have been on Wisconsin lately, observing everything from intense political division to low job growth. Milwaukeeans, however, seem to have avoided taking all the negativity to heart.
The most recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey found Metropolitan Milwaukee to be the highest-ranked metro area in the country when it comes to employers’ plans to hire or fire.
The report also found 31 percent of employers in the Milwaukee, Waukesha and West Allis metropolitan statistical areas say they will hire more employees from July to September, while only two percent plan to reduce staff. These numbers equal a net employment outlook of 29 percent, the highest in the U.S. and far above the calculated 11 percent net outlook for the country as a whole.
The analysis also notes that hiring confidence in general among employers in the U.S. has continued to increase, but at a slow and frustrating pace. Perhaps these employers need only to take a lesson in optimism from Milwaukee.
– Maria Tsikalas