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February 22, 1999


Hiring in Lawrence this spring will be slightly slower than across the state as a whole, according to a new survey.

Still, Lawrence-area employers are upbeat about their springtime staffing plans, according to the latest Employment Outlook Survey being released today by Manpower Inc.

"The spring months typically jump-start the job market as businesses emerge from the winter lull," said Nancy Slabaugh of Manpower Temporary Services in Lawrence. "For the second quarter of last year, the outlook was similar."

Milwaukee-based Manpower's quarterly survey found about 30 percent of Lawrence employers planned to increase the size of their payrolls from April through June, about the same as a year ago.

The survey also found 3 percent planning cutbacks, also about the same as last year's findings. Seventy percent plan to make no adjustments.

Statewide, 31 percent of employers are planning to increase hiring and 4 percent plan cuts.

Nationally, the survey showed 29 percent of employers adding new employees and 6 percent planning reductions.

Manpower's survey, a highly regarded indicator of economic growth, comes at a time when unemployment is at 3.2 percent in Lawrence and across Kansas. With so few people out of work, employers have had a difficult time filling positions, putting a crimp on economic growth.

Manpower's survey asked 16,000 employers in nearly 500 U.S. cities about their intentions to hire workers during April, May and June.

In Lawrence, it found job prospects appear best this spring in construction, durable and nondurable goods manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, education and services. Other sectors are expected to remain relatively unchanged.

-- Richard Brack's phone message number is 832-7194. His e-mail address is

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