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MILWAUKEE — Employers in the Detroit area and across Michigan are expected to hire at a brisk pace in the second quarter of 2012, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday.

In the Detroit-Warren-Livonia Metropolitan Statistical Area, which takes in the tri-county southeast Michigan area, 16 percent of employers plan to hire more employees in the second quarter. Only 6 percent expect to reduce staff. Another 74 percent expect to maintain current staff levels, while 4 percent aren’t sure.

That yields a net employment outlook of plus 10 percent.

Manpower spokeswoman Becca Dernberger noted that figure is higher than the plus 7 percent outlook a year ago, and the plus 2 percent outlook for the first quarter.

In the Detroit area in the second quarter, job prospects appear best in the construction, durable goods manufacturing, non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and government sectors. Employers in financial activities plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in information, education and health services, and other services, is expected to remain unchanged.

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA in West Michigan showed even stronger hiring intentions. There, 22 percent of companies plan to hire more employees, while just 5 percent plan to reduce staff. Another 71 percent expect to maintain their current workforce levels and 2 percent are not certain of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook of plus 17 percent.

In the Grand Rapids area, job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality. Employers in other services and government plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in information is expected to remain unchanged.

For Michigan as a whole for April, May and June, 20 percent of companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while just 7 percent expect to reduce payrolls. Another 69 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels, and 4 percent are not certain of their hiring plans. That yields a net employment outlook of plus 13 percent.

Across the entire state for the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in construction, durable goods manufacturing, non-durable goods manufacturing, transportation & utilities, wholesale & retail trade, professional & business services, education & health services and leisure & hospitality. Employers in information and other services plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in financial activities and government is expected to remain unchanged.

For the nation as a whole, the Net Employment Outlook is identical to metro Detroit’s plus 10 percent, up from plus 9 percent for the first quarter.

To view results for other Metropolitan Statistical Areas or states, visit http://press.manpower.com.

The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on June 12 to report hiring expectations for the third quarter, July, August and September.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforces during the next quarter. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey’s United States results are based on interviews with 18,000 employers located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, which includes the largest 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas based on number of business establishments. The mix of industries within the survey follows the North American Industry Classification System Supersectors and is structured to be representative of the U.S. economy.

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