Greater Des Moines will be the hottest spot in the country to find a job this summer, according to a report released today by ManpowerGroup.
"I am not surprised at all," Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, told Forbes. "We've seen a remarkable resurgence in economic activity in Greater Des Moines in the last year. We've celebrated a number of recent business expansions and relocations, including a $250 million reinvestment by The Principal Financial Group in its downtown campus, a $100 million expansion by Wells Fargo Mortgage at its West Des Moines campus, and Facebook's announcement of a $1.5 billion data center in nearby Altoona. These announcements have fueled what is a palpable optimism across our region."
According to a survey just released by employment services firm ManpowerGroup, employers in all 50 states intend to increase their payrolls during the three-month period ending in September.
ManpowerGroup surveyed more than 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan statistical areas to find out who's hiring, who's firing and who plans to maintain their current staff levels in the third quarter of 2013. Of the surveyed employers, 22 percent anticipate an increase in staffing levels in their third quarter hiring plans (a four-year high), while 6 percent expect a decrease in payrolls.
The difference between those numbers gives what ManpowerGroup calls a net employment outlook of 12 percent when seasonally adjusted, which is up from 11 percent for the same period last year and 11 percent last quarter. Seventy percent of employers expect no change in their staffing, and the final 2 percent of employers are uncertain.
The Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area enjoys a 26 percent net employment outlook, the percentage of employers that expect to add employees (28 percent) minus the percentage that expect to reduce their workforce (2 percent). Another 69 percent said they anticipate no change, and 1 percent didn't know, according to the ManpowerGroup survey.
The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn. metro area also anticipated a significant upswing in hiring for the next quarter.
In a three-way tie for the No. 3 spot are Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich., Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas. Read more.