Nebraskans who are looking for a new job may have better luck finding one in the new year.
A new survey shows Nebraska business owners are growing more confident about boosting their staffing levels.
Kathy Joblinske is spokeswoman for Manpower Incorporated, which has released its Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2012.
She says the survey shows 15% of the companies surveyed plan to add employees between January and March, while 8% anticipate decreasing staff levels.
That yields a net employment outlook of 7%. The results compare to an outlook of -3% in the first quarter one year ago.
Employers in government plan to reduce staffing levels over the next three months, but Joblinske says many other sectors of the economy could be growing.
She says the top job prospects in Nebraska heading into the new year appear to be in non-durable goods manufacturing, financial activities, transportation and utilities, information technology, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.
Nationally, 14% of the companies surveyed expect to add to their workforces and 9% expect a decline in their payrolls during the first quarter of 2012.
More than 18,000 employers are surveyed in the U.S. as part of the quarterly Manpower report.
Learn more at: www.manpower.com