Employers Report Strongest Hiring Outlook Since 2000

ManpowerGroup News Release (06/08/21)

The great rehiring is beginning in the U.S. with more than 7,300 employers reporting the most optimistic outlooks since 2000 for the three months ahead, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. Employers in all 12 U.S. industries report positive outlooks, with the strongest hiring activity forecast for leisure and hospitality (+41%), wholesale and retail trade (+29%), education and health services (+27%), transportation and utilities (+26%), and both durable and nondurable goods manufacturing (+25%).

As hiring picks up talent supply remains muted. Covid-19 has created the biggest workforce shift and reallocation of in-demand skills since World War II—almost half of employers reported difficulty filling roles in operations and logistics and nearly a quarter (23%) reported the same for manufacturing and production roles. There is rising demand too for relevant soft skills with resilience, collaboration, critical thinking, and analysis the most sought after from employers across all sectors.

U.S. Hiring Plans by Industry Sectors, Regions, Metro Areas and States

  • Employers in all 12 U.S. industry sectors expect to add workers during the upcoming quarter, with outlooks improving when compared with both the prior quarter and the same period last year: Leisure & Hospitality (+41%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+29%), Education & Health Services (+27%), Transportation & Utilities (+26%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+25%), Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+25%), Professional & Business Services (+21%), Construction (+19%), Information (+18%), Other Services (+16%), Financial Activities (+15%), and Government (+15%).
  • Employers in all four U.S. regions report positive hiring plans for the next three months. The Northeast and South both report outlooks of +26%, with the Midwest reporting an outlook of +24% and the West reporting an outlook of 23%.
  • Employers in Delaware (+43%), Utah (+40%), Virginia (+39%), North Carolina (+37%) and Michigan (+36%) report the strongest outlooks nationwide. Of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest outlooks are expected Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL (+54%), Fresno, CA (+46%), Salt Lake City, UT (+46%), Baltimore-Towson, MD (+44%), Provo-Orem, UT (+44%) and New Haven-Milford, CT (+43%)

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