Hiring in Lawrence this summer will be slightly slower than across the state as a whole, according to a new survey, and slower than a year ago.
Still, Lawrence-area employers are upbeat about their summertime staffing plans, according to the latest Employment Outlook Survey being released today by Manpower Inc.
"After polling local employers," said Nancy Slabaugh of Manpower Temporary Services in Lawrence, "our survey found 30 percent are preparing to add personnel, 3 percent foresee work force reductions and 67 percent will maintain existing levels."
Milwaukee-based Manpower's quarterly survey found that outlook -- for a net increse of 27 percent -- to be less enthusiastic than a year ago, when 43 percent of Lawrence employers planned to increase the size of their payrolls.
Statewide this summer, 30 percent of employers are planning to increase hiring.
Manpower said Lawrence job prospects appear best this summer in construction, durable goods manufacturing, wholesale/retail trade, finance/insurance/real estate, and education. Non-durable goods manufacturers voiced mixed intentions.
Nationally, the survey showed 32 percent of 16,000 employers in 500 cities interviewed were 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 3.7 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.
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