GRAND RAPIDS — Twenty percent of surveyed employers plan to add workers during the first quarter of 2007 and 10 percent plan cutbacks, for a net hiring gain of 10 percent, according to the quarterly Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
Hiring is expected to be up in construction, non-durable goods manufacturing and finance, insurance and real estate, the quarterly survey reported. Durable goods manufacturing and wholesale/retail trade results were mixed, while no change in staff levels is anticipated for transportation/public utilities, education or public administration.
“Our survey shows the economy is holding its own and that employers are showing some optimism for the first part of 2007,” said Joe Ross, work force analyst for Manpower of Kent County.
In Kalamazoo, 10 percent of employers surveyed reported they plan to cut staff and 90 percent have no plans to change staff levels. In the Muskegon/Tri-Cities area, the survey reported that employers are more optimistic, with 33 percent planning to hire and 17 percent planning to cut, for a net of 16 percent.