Summer Hiring Prospects

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Amidst today's mixed economic news of a drop in wholesale prices and tumbling retail sales, businesses nationwide say they'll be cautious when it comes to summer hiring.

In its quarterly survey, Milwaukee based Manpower Staffing, found 31% of U.S employers expect to add workers in the third quarter, while close to sixty percent say they'll hold current work force levels.

In the Chippewa Valley, businesses are slightly more optimistic with 33% of employers saying they'll take on added help.

"Overall the Chippewa Valley from Menomonie to Bloomer down to Osseo, Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls all seem to be very busy with their hiring intentions for the third quarter," said Steve Bjornson, branch manager for Eau Claire Manpower.

According to the survey, most of the new hires are expected in transportation, trucking and education this quarter.

Manpower says companies are reluctant to ramp up hiring, fearing the economy may slow down and force them to lay off new employees.