Wichita employers to add workers in Q4: Manpower survey

Employment agency Manpower expects Wichita area employers will continue to hire more workers than they cut in the fourth quarter, which starts next week, but the trend to add workers is slowing.

The company’s quarterly survey shows that 13 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees while 8 percent expect to reduce staff, a 5 percentage point differential. The bulk of employers, 78 percent, said they expect to keep their current workforce.

While that’s still positive, it’s actually weaker than the third quarter when there was a 10 percentage point differential, said Wichita branch manager Kent Venters.