Fewer employers in Greater Des Moines expect to increase staffing in the next three months than did in the past quarter, according to a survey released today by ManpowerGroup. 


A total of 20 percent of employers expect to increase their staffing levels, down from 28 percent the previous quarter, but up from 17 percent in the same period a year ago. Some 10 percent of local employers expect to decrease their workforces, up from 2 percent in the third quarter and about the same as last year's fourth quarter.


Job prospects are best in the construction, durable goods, manufacturing,  wholesale/retail trade, information, financial activities, professional/business services, education/health services, leisure/hospitality and government sectors. Industries expected to reduce staffing levels are transportation/utilities and businesses in the  "other services" categories 


Statewide, employers' hiring expectations are similar to those in Greater Des Moines: 21 percent of employers plan to increase staffing levels, down from 27 percent last quarter and up from 20 percent a year ago. A total of 10 percent expect to decrease their workforces, up from 6 percent last quarter and even with a year ago.


The ManpowerGroup survey is taken by more than 18,000 employers across the country. A total of 18 percent nationally expect to add to their workforce.