July 28, 2014

Survey: Job seekers should have good odds of finding gigs

A survey finds more than a quarter of the Nebraska business owners plan to hire between July and September.

The third-quarter Manpower Employment Outlook Survey found 27% of Nebraska companies expect to add workers during the quarter, while 5% anticipate cutting staff. Manpower spokeswoman Karen Miller says the result is a “net employment outlook” of 22%.

“Sixty-six percent of the companies we interviewed said they’re going to maintain their current staff and another 27% said they planned to increase staff in Q3,” Miller says. “It’s a really a great time to be looking for opportunities and finding work in Nebraska.”

The net employment outlook is up from 16% three months ago and 17% one year ago.

“We’re up 5% from last year at this time so that’s very positive,” she says.

This Manpower survey places Nebraska as one of the best states in the nation for job opportunities. For that reason, Miller is encouraging employers to bolster their employee retention plans.

“As the unemployment numbers drop and hiring expectations increase, that means competition for top talent will be heating up,” Miller said. “So, if you’re looking for a job, now is a great time to find a job. If you’re an employer, you’re going to want to make sure you have plans in place to retain your top talent or risk losing them to your competition.”

Of the more than 18,000 employers Manpower surveyed in the United States, 22% expect to add to their workforces, while six-percent expect a decline in their payrolls between July and September.