Survey reveals employers’ hiring plans for the fourth quarter

Wichita area employers’ hiring plans remain positive for the fourth quarter, which starts Oct. 1, but are weaker than recent quarters, according to labor firm Manpower.

In the survey, 18 percent of local employers said they would increase staff, while 9 percent said they would cut staff. 72 percent of employers said they would keep staffing levels the same.

“Local employers anticipate a weaker hiring pace compared to Q3 2016 when the Net Employment Outlook was 13 percent,” said Manpower spokesman Kent Venters in a statement. “Last year at this time, employers expected more hiring activity when the Outlook was 20 percent.”