Spring hiring outlook for the Wichita area? Sunny and warm

Wichita area employers expect to hire strongly in the second quarter of 2016 — April, May and June — according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Of employers surveyed, 22 percent planned to add staff, while none planned to cut. The rest expected to keep employment levels the same or weren’t sure of their plans.

That is roughly the same percentage as in the first quarter of 2016 but is markedly stronger than the 10 percent in the second quarter of 2015.

Employers in most sectors expressed interest in hiring, except for transportation, information and finance.

“What I liked about this one is that none of the employers said they are planning to let go of staff,” said Kent Venters, branch manager of the local Manpower office.

While employers also said they would hire robustly in the first quarter, Venters said most of them actually held off hiring.

He said many employers feel the turbulence of the economy and the uncertainty of the election year, and that may make them hesitate.

“While that’s kind of ringing true, if they have to hire, they have to hire,” he said.

One of those hiring is Garret Peterman, Wichita franchisee for Two Men and a Truck.

He’s looking to hire five movers and a paid marketing intern.

The economy in Wichita is growing, he said, and more people need help moving, particularly as the weather warms and home buying speeds up.

At the same time, he said, he’s had some trouble finding enough people.

“It’s a fact of the economy, absolutely,” he said.

Dan Voorhis: 316-268-6577, @danvoorhis