West Michigan could become the nation's hottest job market this summer

June 11, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – West Michigan could become the nation's hottest job market this summer, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The national survey said 32 percent of the employers interviewed in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming labor market said they intend to increase staffing levels during the third quarter while only 4 percent said they intended to cut back on staffing.

That “net employment outlook” of 28 percent amounts to the most optimistic labor market, according to Manpower officials. Fifty-nine percent said they intend to maintain their staffing levels while 5 percent did not know.

“Employers anticipate stronger hiring plans compared to Quarter 2 when the net employment outlook was 22 percent,” said Manpower spokesperson Jill Momber in a news release on Tuesday, June 10.

“Compared to one year ago, when the net employment outlook was 24 percent, local employers also expect a brighter hiring forecast.”

Among the nation’s most optimistic labor markets, Grand Rapids-Wyoming came out ahead of Charleston, S.C.; Dallas; Minneapolis; Raleigh, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y. and Boise, Idaho. The Grand Rapids-Wyoming labor market includes Kent, Barry, Ionia and Newaygo counties.

Labor markets with the weakest outlooks included Cape Coral, Fla.; Miami, Fla.; Akron, Ohio; Sacramento, Calif.; St. Louis and Spokane, Wash.

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