Report Predicts Good Year For Twin Cities Job Market

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

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