MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twin Cities job market may be about to pick up, according to a new report out by the Manpower workforce firm.

According to the report released Tuesday morning, approximately 15 percent of Twin Cities employers plan to add jobs.

They surveyed about 220 businesses, and only about eight percent plan layoffs. The report posits job growth at about 7 percent, up 4 percent from last year.

But Manpower spokesman Bob Bretwisch says there’s still a lot of unknowns.

“The percentages of ‘don’t know’ was three times what it was a quarter ago. So I think there’s a lot of, still, uncertainty out there,” he said.

The industries more likely to add jobs include education, health services, leisure, medical goods and retailers. Other good job prospects are likely to be found in transportation, utilities and professional business services.

The Manpower survey did also find some cause for concern. Twin Cities manufacturers of non-durable goods and employers in the long-troubled construction sector are bracing for layoffs in 2012.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

Comments (12)
  1. something stinks says:

    Once again, I feel the urge to have projectile A$$ vomit!

  2. Swamp Rat says:

    Another study telling us it’s going to be a nice day and all will be well while the flip side of the study is telling us the sky will fall bringing some gloom-&-doom. In the other words the job market still is stagnant!!! It doesn’t take a new survey to tell me that. Where are the jobs? I want to work!!!!

    1. frozenrunner says:

      When someone asked Ron Paul about workers losing their jobs he responded by saying they can go work at McDonalds. So much for thinking the politicians have a plan

      1. Reality sucks says:

        You really dislike Ron Paul, don’t you? Frozen, no worries—he’s fun to listen to and says what others won’t but there’s no weight there. Just entertainment value.

  3. frozenrunner says:

    Nothing scienntific about the survey so there is no certainty to the report. Good news jif the survey is somewhat correct, jobs in retail, bad news., none in construction. Good news jobs in health care, bad news, the jobs are wiping butt. Further bad news, it also means more people are sick, infirmed or disabled

  4. MrBB says:

    I conducted a survey study of my own. I surveyed 100 people standing in line at the unemployment office and found that 100 of them were without a job. This study has a +/- error percentage of 0.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      Now that’s a believable study!!!

  5. Key says:

    “The industries more likely to add jobs include education, health services, leisure, medical goods and retailers.”

    Whew, I feel so relieved! (sarcasm)

    “But Manpower spokesman Bob Bretwisch says there‚Äôs still a lot of unknowns.”

    O really? Glad that you made these predictions. Nah, that doesn’t give me hope that I will have a better chance of getting a job.

  6. Ordinary Guy says:

    We pour a ton of money into the University of Minnesota’s research and students. It should be no accident or haphazard way that we get that stuff implemented here into public works and private industry and jobs. It’s wrong not to demand it and wrong of the state not to shepherd it into reality. Congress should be tuned into ways to help too. Real jobs. If the public buys something, it ought to be built here.

  7. Monson says:

    We think the government should buy all the stock of Wal-Mart and make it a government union business. All the workers could get Public Government Union wages, benefits and life time pensions. This would also make the Public Government Unions much stronger and have more people to vote in the politicians who would help them the most. We could keep prices very low
    as tax money would be used to subsidize everything. There is no reason that Public Government Unions employees would not support this idea. It would be better for the Wal-Mart workers “Workers Rights” as unions like to say. So I am asking all Government Union employees to show your support for this idea and write your congressman now! You have NO reasons not to do this now. You have no reason not to be all for this great “say yes to workers rights!”. idea …or do you really not support workers rights?
    And we do not want a private union, WE WANT A GOVERNMENT PUBLIC UNION!!!

    1. Let's buy our own products says:

      Or… places like Walmart can stock their inventory with American products and treat their workers like American workers. Then the American workers making those products that Walmart stocks their inventory with can keep steady jobs and China can build their powerhouse economy off of their own consumers as opposed to ours.

      1. Shelly says:

        … treat their workers like American workers…. and what is that? I worked for IBM for 22 years and got laid off because in another 8 years my pension would have been 80% of pay where at 22 years it was 5%. IBM no longer has any pension like government public union workers receive and they can let you go the next day for no reson what so ever… so please tell me what you mean by
        ” treat their workers like American workers”…

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