A survey of Nebraska employers finds nearly a third of them plan to add to their staffs in the upcoming second quarter of the year, with the majority keeping their workforce numbers steady.
Kathy Joblinske, at Manpower Incorporated, which conducted the survey, says it’s quite remarkable that -no- businesses in the state anticipated making cuts between April and June.
“That is very unusual to see a 0% reduction in payrolls throughout the survey process,” Joblinske says. “We had 30% plan to increase, 0% reducing their payrolls and 69% staying the same.”
A key category from the survey is the net employment outlook, which comes from subtracting the number of expected job cuts from the number of new hires. For Nebraska in the second quarter, there’s a net employment outlook of 30%, which she says is exceptional.
“For Q1 of 2016 for Nebraska, they came in at a 13% net employment outlook,” Joblinske says. “So, a very, very strong showing for Q2 at 30%.”
A year ago, the second quarter net employment outlook for Nebraska was lower, at 25%.
The Manpower survey found job prospects for the quarter ahead are best in several key industries, including: construction, manufacturing, transportation, information and health services.