If you’ve been thinking about looking for a new job, the time to start may be now. According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, 24% of employers in the U.S. plan to increase staff in the third quarter of 2015. This means almost 1 in 4 employers will be looking for workers. While the percentage could be higher, it’s definitely positive.

There are a lot of surveys and reports about the job market out there and sometimes it can be tough to figure out what all those numbers mean to the average job seeker. Let’s take a look at what the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is really saying and how it can impact your job search.

Survey says:

  • 24% of U.S. employers plan to hire in Q3 – that’s almost one out of four employers. Keep an eye on the companies you want to work for; chances are some will be hiring.
  • Top industries for hiring include: Leisure & Hospitality, Professional & Business Services, Transportation & Utilities, and Wholesale & Retail Trade
  • Only 4% of employers plan to let staff go; 70% plan to keep their workforce steady.
  • The best metro areas for hiring include: Rochester, NY; Nashville, TN; Provo, UT; San Jose, CA; Columbia, SC; Seattle, WA. If you are in those areas, your job prospects are higher than the average. Make your moves now.

So, use these results to help guide some of your job search decisions. To read the complete results of the Survey, click here. ManpowerGroup has also created an infographic to help job seekers better interpret the results and impact of the Survey, click here to view the infographic.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.