According to the survey, 31 percent of employers in the Milwaukee, Waukesha and West Allis metropolitan statistical area (MSA) plan to hire more employees from July to September, while just 2 percent expect to reduce staff, producing a net employment outlook of 29 percent, the best in the nation.
Another 62 percent expect to maintain their current workforce levels and 5 percent are not certain of their hiring plans.
"The employment forecast for the third quarter is considerably healthier compared to the second quarter of 2012 when the Net Employment Outlook was 16 percent," said ManpowerGroup spokeswoman Nicole Langley. "Employers expect improved employment prospects compared with one year ago when the Net Employment Outlook was 21 percent."
For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Construction, Durable Goods Manufacturing, Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Information, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality and Government.
Hiring in Other Services is expected to remain unchanged.
Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed in the United States, 21 percent expect to add to their workforces, and 6 percent expect a decline in their payrolls during Quarter 3 2012. Seventy-one percent of employers anticipate making no change to staff levels, and the remaining 2 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring plans.
"In our on-demand world, seeing long-term changes can be difficult, but it is important to keep in mind that employer confidence has been on an upward trajectory for three years," said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president of the Americas.