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Survey: slow, steady job growth expected in Wisconsin

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UNDATED (WSAU)   Another survey predicts slow and steady job growth in Wisconsin over the next couple months. 46-percent of companies surveyed by the Q-P-S Employment Group of Brookfield said they would add jobs from April-through-June. That’s up from 40-percent in the previous three months. Only four-percent expect layoffs – five-percent fewer than the start of the year. And about half of employers expect no change in their job levels.

Q-P-S surveys 320 firms, most in Wisconsin. The rest are in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.

52-percent in the new survey said the slow pace of the economic recovery is the biggest issue facing companies. 46-percent cited a lack of qualified employees. Almost half the firms in the Q-P-S survey said they had open jobs due to a lack of skilled workers.

There’s been speculation that the U-S economy will slow down because of recent declines in China’s and Europe’s economies. But 48-percent of Midwest employers in the Q-P-S survey expect conditions to get better by the end of June – up from 39-percent in the previous quarter. Only four-percent expect the Midwest economy to get worse. That’s down from 11-percent at the start of the year.

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