Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. businesses expects to increase staffing in the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey released today. 

Employers in 24 percent of U.S. businesses surveyed expect to add to payrolls in the second quarter of 2019, with 3 percent anticipating a decrease in staffing levels and 72 percent expecting no change. Once the data are adjusted to allow for seasonal variation, the U.S. Net Employment Outlook for the coming quarter stands at +19 percent. 

Employers report a decline of 1 percentage point when compared with the previous quarter, and an improvement of 1 percentage point in comparison with the second quarter of 2018. 

More than 11,600 interviews were conducted with employers within the United States, including all 50 states, the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to measure hiring intentions between April and June 2019. 

The strongest regional hiring pace is anticipated in the South and the West, where outlooks stand at +20 percent each. The Midwest outlook is +19 percent. 

The largest 100 metropolitan statistical areas, including the Des Moines MSA, all had positive net employment outlooks for the second quarter. The three strongest outlook figures were for Greensboro, N.C., Denver and Indianapolis, at +35, +34 and +33 percent, respectively. The Des Moines MSA’s net employment outlook was +15 percent.

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