The latest survey of employers in Nebraska’s two largest metro areas is very much a tale of two different cities. Michael Lynch, spokesman for Manpower Incorporated, says the employment agency polled decision-makers in Omaha and Lincoln about staffing for July through September.
For the upcoming quarter, Lynch says 23-percent of Omaha employers say they’ll increase staff, while none of them planned job cuts, and the rest forsee things staying the same in Omaha. In Lincoln, 27-percent of employers expect to increase the workforce during the coming three months, but 23-percent plan a decrease in staffing. “Obviously,” Lynch says, “the delta between those two is quite a bit different.”
Lynch says several fields look promising: education, public administration, finance, insurance, real estate and some durable goods manufacturing all look fairly solid, adding, “there are opportunities across the board in Nebraska.”
He says the Midwest region as a whole appears to be in good shape, as conditions are improving over the past several quarters. To see the full survey, visit www.manpower.com.