December 12, 2017 – Dayton, OH MSA employers expect to hire at a solid pace during Quarter 1 2018, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

Among employers surveyed, 17 percent plan to hire more employees from January through March. This number is offset by the 5 percent that plan to reduce payrolls, while 71 percent of employers expect to maintain current staff levels and 7 percent indicate they are not sure of their hiring plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* of 12%.

“Employers in the Dayton, OH MSA anticipate a steady hiring pace compared to Q4 2017 when the Net Employment Outlook was 14%,” said ManpowerGroup spokesperson Tom Maher. “At this time last year, employers expected less hiring activity when the Outlook was 5%.”

For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Construction, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Education & Health Services, and Leisure & Hospitality. Employers in Professional & Business Services plan to reduce staffing levels, while hiring in Durable Goods Manufacturing, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Information, Financial Activities, Other Services and Government is expected to remain unchanged.

 ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey Results for the United States

Of the more than 11,500 employers surveyed in the United States, 21 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 5 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Quarter 1 2018. Seventy-one percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining 3 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook is +19%, a slight increase compared to the Quarter 4 2017 Outlook, +17%.

To complement the Quarter 1 2018 survey results, an infographic is available for download. “Where Are the Jobs” offers a snapshot of data and trends from the survey, including key state and metro area Outlooks along with an industry forecast. To view the infographic or press releases for other Metropolitan Statistical Areas or states, visit