Employment prospects in Terre Haute are picking up after a slow first quarter, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
Thirty-three percent of the companies interviewed will hire additional staff between April and June, the study reported. The survey represents a welcome departure from Manpower's grim first-quarter forecast, in which 20 percent of participating companies reported plans to reduce payrolls.
"In the Terre Haute area, employers expect significantly more hiring activity than in the first quarter," said Manpower representative Lori Leo. "(But) employers are slightly less optimistic about hiring than they were a year ago when 37 percent of companies surveyed thought employment increases were likely."
The survey reported 30 percent of U.S. employers anticipate increasing payrolls from April to June.
The favorable second-quarter predictions don't apply specifically to businesses in Brazil, but Manpower representative Lori Leo said the city still stands to benefit from the news.
"We employ a lot of people in Terre Haute who live in Brazil," she said.
One of 19 separated Indiana markets surveyed by Manpower, Terre Haute's survey results exceed the state average for expected hiring increases (28 percent), but were outpaced by several markets, including Elkhart (60 percent), Evansville and Columbus (both 43 percent).
The survey listed construction, durable and non-durable goods manufacturing and wholesale/retail trade as the Terre Haute-area industries with the strongest hiring prospects.
Manpower's quarterly survey encompasses 16,000 employers in 470 markets around the United States.