Survey: Optimistic outlook for Chicago employment in 2013

As business in the United States is teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff, much of the discussion surrounding the new year will undoubtedly revert back to partisan gridlock and the struggling economic recovery. However, while many will focus on the doom and gloom scenarios, employment – a crucial cog in the recovery – is actually looking strong in 2013 outlooks.

The news is even better for Chicago, as a survey found the Midwestern hub will see an uptick in hiring that signals more of a return to normalcy. As always, area businesses can trust Chicago recruiters to deliver top-level talent who can usher their companies into the new year with a new attitude and focus on success.

Chicago, statewide employment outlooks are rosy
According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which surveyed the hiring expectations of Chicago employers, suggested an 11 percent net gain in local employment during the first quarter 2013. Overall, hiring in Illinois is expected to increase 7 percent.

However, while Chicago employers expressed renewed optimism in regard to employment, sources told the Chicago Tribune while they are encouraged by the prospective gains in jobs, there is still a need to operate with caution.

"It's not going to be 2006 all over again, but it won't be 2009 either," Carl Tannenbaum, chief economist for Northern Trust Co., told the Tribune, referencing the pre-recession hiring jump of 2006 and the post-collapse year of 2009, when millions of people lost jobs. As such, employers that will hire will have to take action carefully, a task which Chicago recruiters can aid with by providing deft precision in employment searches.

Manufacturing employment in Chicago a highlight
Overall, Manpower identified professional and business services, manufacturing, hospitality and education and health services as hotspots for Chicago-area hiring in 2013. Manufacturing employment was particularly noteworthy.

"We've seen a big increase in manufacturing," particularly in supervisory and project management jobs, Anne Edmunds, a Manpower spokeswoman told the Tribune.

Many manufacturers are also waiting on a fiscal cliff deal to jumpstart their hiring intentions. Ron Bullock, chairman of Bison Gear and Engineering in St. Charles, told the Tribune he expects increased demand will help his 250-worker motor and gear company to expand its workforce by about 5 percent, once the situation is resolved.

With increased manufacturing production being a key driver of the expected Chicago boost in employment during 2013, manufacturing recruiters will help business fill new positions with the best talent available.