Hiring Outlook Remains Stable and Employers Continue to Be Optimistic

The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforces during the next quarter.

11,500+ U.S. employers shared their hiring plans for Q4 2018

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The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey provides you with a forward-looking perspective on hiring in your area. The results help you understand your competition for talent within your industry and market and can help guide your workforce management strategies.

The research results are available in various useful formats. Access the complete research results.

Find the talent and solutions you need

To discuss the results personally or explore how ManpowerGroup can help you find the talent and solutions needed to propel your organization forward, contact us today.

Learn more about the talent and skills shortage

Learn more about the 2018 Talent Shortage Survey results, the top 10 hardest jobs to fill and strategies you can pursue to overcome your talent shortage.

   Job Seekers

Review the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey results to target your job search based on the most in-demand jobs, locations with the greatest demand for workers and industries hiring.

The research results are available in various useful formats. Access the complete research results.

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MEOS Complete Report

Q4 2018 Report

View the Q4 2018 U.S. ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey report for complete results.
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Q4 2018 Infographic

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Hiring Trends

These interactive charts show hiring trends in the U.S. and globally.
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Press Release

Review the press release for a summary of the U.S. results.
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Talent Shortage

Wondering what jobs are the hardest to fill or are most in demand?
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   Industry and Local Market Results

The U.S. ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey includes local data for the 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico and the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Looking for local results? Visit our Press Room to view the most recent results for your local markets.

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   Past Reports

The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey is one of the most trusted surveys of employment activity in the world. Every quarter, we ask more than 11,500 hiring managers about their hiring plans for the next three months. ManpowerGroup has been providing this valuable insight to greater business community for more than 50 years.

An archive of the current year plus two previous years of reports is provided below.

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