As the clock ticks towards the end of 2016, the St. Louis metropolitan area is expecting to ring in the New Year with steady hiring levels.
According to the latest edition of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, 20% of employers say they intend on hiring more employees in 2017 while 72% plan on retaining their current staff levels. Comparatively, only 4% say they will reduce payrolls and another 4% are unsure of their plans.
St. Louis’ Net Employment Outlook for the First Quarter of 2017 is 16%. This time last year, the Net Employment Outlook was only 12%. Not only is the region’s current Net Employment Outlook the strongest First Quarter score of the decade, but St. Louis continues to outpace hiring expectations from 61 of the largest 100 U.S. metropolitan areas and the nation as a whole.
Industries expected to see notable hiring activity include: education and health services, information services, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and transportation services, and government. The construction, wholesale and retail trade, and financial service industries are expected to remain steady through early 2017.