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Forecast: Stable Hiring
(wgvu) - A new hiring outlook shows employment in western Michigan remaining
stable through the summer, despite a decrease in the number of employers
adding jobs.

The number of employers hiring still outweighs those that are planning
to cut jobs in the third quarter, according to the quarterly outlook
survey by Manpower Inc.

Manpower work force analyst Joe Ross attributes the lower percentage of
employers in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek that are planning
to add staff to seasonal fluctuations and a really strong
second-quarter hiring pace.

I'm seeing a lot of stability and a lot of growth. It's showing good,
stable hiring. Not outstanding, but stable, Larson said. We're going
to have a good summer.

The Manpower survey, released this week, shows 17 percent of employers
in the Grand Rapids area planning to hire additional workers during the
third quarter, compared to 33 percent in the second quarter and 27
percent a year ago.

Eighty percent of Grand Rapids-area respondents will leave their work
force levels unchanged and 10 percent planned to decrease employment.

Survey results were similar in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, where 13
percent of employers said they would add workers, 77 percent planned to
maintain current employment levels and seven percent intend to cut jobs.

Seventeen percent of survey respondents in Battle Creek are expanding
employment for the third quarter, and 76 percent answered no change
when asked about their intentions.
Anticipated hiring patterns are stronger in the Muskegon-Grand
Haven-Spring Lake market and in Holland.

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents in the Holland market and 43
percent in Muskegon, Grand Haven and Spring Lake planned to add staff in
the third quarter.

Across western Michigan, employment during the first quarter rose 0.4
percent, largely due to a large 0.9 percent rise in the Grand Rapids
area, according to a quarterly outlook the Kalamazoo-based W.E. Upjohn
Institute for Employment Research released this week.

Economic indicators for the region were mostly positive, suggesting
that further modest employment gains could be seen in coming months,
the Upjohn Institute report states.

Service-sector employment in the region increased 0.8 percent in the
first quarter from the fourth quarter, and 1.1 percent from a year
earlier. The goods-producing sector continued to shed jobs, posting a
0.2 percent decline from fourth quarter to first quarter and a 1.4
percent decrease from a year earlier.
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