Manpower Outlook Survey

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

There is nothing better than the sweet smell of success. Bill Lafever, owner of Bill Doran Company, a wholesale floral distributor, is among the Rockford area companies planning to hire this quarter.

Ginnie Weckerly with Manpower says Rockford area employers will be hiring at a vigorous pace during the second quarter. 43-percent of companies plan to hire more employees, while none expect to reduce staff levels.

Weckerly says the strongest industries for employment appear to be construction, manufacturing and wholesale/retail trade. And with the start of Chryslers 2nd shift, auto supply companies are beefing up staff as well.

Weckerly says Rockford has one of the strongest job outlooks in the state...and she says all data suggests that job rates will continue to grow.

Here's a breakdown of the numbers:
43-percent of Rockford area companies plan to hire, none expect to reduce payrolls and 57-percent expect to maintain current staff levels.

Compare these numbers to the first quarter, where 20-percent of companies planned to increase headcount, and 10-percent planned to decrease it.

For the Dekalb area, 30-percent plan to increase staffing and no reductions are expected.

The state average has 26-percent of companies increasing staff and 5 percent decreasing payrolls.

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