Statewide Iowa — (RI) — A new survey of employers across Iowa offers an optimistic view of the upcoming second quarter for anyone who’s looking for a job. Kathy Joblinske, executive vice president of Manpower, says the results fell slightly in the hiring category, but remain very good overall.
The agency’s employment outlook survey is billed as the most extensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind in the country.
In order to make comparisons, the net employment outlook is figured by subtracting the five-percent figure of expected firings statewide from the 21-percent of expected hirings.
For the coming quarter, Manpower says job prospects appear best in industries including: construction, transportation & utilities, financial activities, education & health services, leisure & hospitality and government. Payrolls are expected to decrease in durable goods manufacturing, wholesale & retail trade and information. Iowa Workforce Development reported this week, Iowa’s unemployment rate was steady in January at two-point-four percent, where it’s been since October. Iowa is tied with New Hampshire for the lowest unemployment in the nation.