Updated: 06/10/2014 10:53 AM
Created: 06/10/2014 10:03 AM KSTP.com
By: Steve Patterson
Once a quarter, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is issued, and 18,000 U.S. employers are asked one simple question: What are your hiring plans for the upcoming quarter?
The results are in, and things are looking up for Minnesota.
From July through September, 29 percent of local employers expect to hire more employees, and only 3 percent expect to have cutbacks. After doing a little math, that gives our state a 26 percent net employment outlook -- good enough for third in the entire country.
These numbers really popped, not just compared to this time last year but even to last quarter. Three months ago, only 20 percent of employers expected to hire, and our net employment outlook was only 18 percent.
On a national level, after seasonal variations are accounted for, the net employment outlook is 14 percent, which is the highest its been since 2008.