Iowa Employers Report Brisk Hiring Outlook for First Quarter of 2021 While National Lift In Hiring Anticipated Though Employers are Less Optimistic About Swift Recovery
~Kathy Joblinske, ManpowerGroup

• For the coming months of January-March employers are optimistic to hire in Durable Goods Manufacturing, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality and Other Services.
• U.S. Net hiring outlook intentions continue to improve in Q1 with a Net Employment Outlook of +17%, up +3 percentage points from the previous quarter.
• 3% of employers now expect return to pre-pandemic hiring levels by April 2021, weakening from one-third of employers who expected a return of April 2021 in July.

Iowa employers plan to hire at a robust pace in Q1 2021 with an Employment Outlook of 31%*, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey (NYSE: MAN). Among employers surveyed, 31 percent plan to hire more employees from January through March. This number is offset by the 0 percent that plan to reduce payrolls while 69 percent of employers expect to maintain current staff levels and 0 percent indicate they are not sure of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook (NEO) of 31 percent. Research was conducted in October 2020 and the survey is the most comprehensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind, used globally as a key economic indicator.

View the complete Q1 2021 U.S. survey results: ManpowerGroup.US/MEOS

“Compared to Q4 2020 when the Net Employment Outlook was 16 percent, Iowa employers have reported a stronger hiring pace,” said Kathy Joblinske of Manpower. “When looking at year-over-year expectations, hiring intentions have picked up from when the Outlook was 16 percent.”

For the coming months of January-March employers are optimistic to hire in Durable Goods Manufacturing, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality and Other Services. Construction, Information and Government job prospects remain unchanged.

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: Leisure & Hospitality (+26%), Transportation & Utilities (+22%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+20%), Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+19%), Professional & Business Services (+17%), Construction (+17%), Education & Health Services (+14%), Financial Activities (+14%) and Durable Goods Manufacturing (+14%), Government (+10%). Information (+9%), and Other Services (+9%).

• Hiring intentions improve in 11 U.S. industry sectors when compared with the previous quarter: Leisure & Hospitality, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Professional & Business Services, Construction, Financial Activities, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Information, Other Services, and Government.

• Hiring prospects strengthen in all four U.S. regions when compared with the previous quarter. When the four regions are compared, the strongest hiring pace is anticipated in the Midwest, where the Outlook is +20%. Northeast employers expect steady workforce gains, reporting an Outlook of +16%, and hiring activity is anticipated to improve in the South and the West, with Outlooks standing at +17% and +13%, respectively.

• Employers in Vermont (+56%), Montana (+38%), Iowa, (+31%), South Dakota (+29%), and Arkansas (+26%), report the strongest outlooks nationwide. Of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest outlooks are expected in Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL (+42%), Winston-Salem, NC (+34%), Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI (+34%), El Paso, TX (+34%) and Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA (+31%).
Complete results for the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey are available for download at ManpowerGroup.US/MEOS. The Q2 2021 survey will be released March 9, 2020.

*The Net Employment Outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.

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