A survey finds some Nebraska businesses plan to add workers in the coming three months, but almost as many are expecting to make staff cuts in the year’s final quarter.
Kathy Joblinske, spokeswoman for Manpower Incorporated, says the company’s employment outlook survey is something of a mixed bag for Nebraska.
“From October to December, 14% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 10% expect to reduce their payroll,” Joblinske says. “This gives us a net employment outlook of 4%.”
By comparison, Joblinske says the outlook is best in North Dakota and Wyoming, both of which posted net employment outlooks of 15%, while Iowa is third at 11%.
She says the majority of Nebraska businesses won’t be making any staffing changes at all in the third quarter.
“There’s 74% of the companies that were interviewed that anticipate maintaining their current staff levels, so showing stability and with some growth,” she says.
Joblinske says Nebraska’s numbers have seen some drastic changes in the past year.
“When we look at last quarter, Q3, the net employment outlook was 23% for Nebraska and from a year ago was zero percent,” she says.
More than 18,000 employers are surveyed in the U.S. as part of the quarterly Manpower report.