St. Louis Employment Outlook for Second Quarter 2016

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Mar 16, 2016

The recently released Manpower Employment Outlook Survey indicates an increase in local hiring activity through June 2016.  According to the survey, 27 percent of regional employers plan to hire new employees, 69 percent will maintain staffing levels, and only 3 percent plan to reduce staff.  These percentages translate into a Net Employment Outlook of 24 percent. This level is more robust than the previous quarter’s 12 percent Net Employment Outlook and more optimistic than one year ago, when the region’s Net Employment Outlook was 15 percent.  In fact, the outlook for the region’s hiring activity is higher than Nation’s 18 percent Net Employment Outlook.

Manpower’s quarterly survey of St. Louis employers found that a wide range of private industries are planning to add jobs over the next three months.   Jobs will be added to the following sectors: construction, durable goods manufacturing, transportation and utilities, information, financial activities, professional and business services, education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and government sectors.

For a look at the region’s current employment activity and labor force performance, refer to the latest issue of the Greater St. Louis Monthly Employment summary here or on our website.