Forbes: Grand Rapids And Wyoming Named One Of The Best Places To Work

Posted at 2:40 PM, Jun 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-11 16:42:06-04

( — According to Employment services firm ManpowerGroup has surveyed more than 18,000 employers in 100 metropolitan areas to find out who’s hiring, who’s firing and who plans to maintain their current staff levels in the third quarter of 2013, July through September.

A three-way tie for the No. 3 spot are Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich., Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas.

Twenty-eight percent of employers in the Michigan metropolis anticipate a bright third quarter. Meanwhile, 4% expect to decrease their payrolls, 65% anticipate no change and 3% are uncertain. This yields a net employment outlook of 24%.

“We are not surprised to be ranked among the top cities for jobs because our employers have been in growth mode for several months and have continuously talked with us about their ongoing hiring,” says Rick Baker, president and chief executive of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. “In fact, many employers have indicated they are having a difficult time filing positions as the unemployment rate dipped below 6%.”

The strength of the region is the diversity of the industries, Baker explains. “All sectors seem to be doing very well right now and we continue to be a very strong manufacturing community, but we also have a growing health care and education sector, food processing, bio-medical and life sciences, and financial services sector.”

Some major employers in the area: Spectrum Health, Meijer Inc., Amway, Johnson Controls, and Grand Rapids Public Schools.

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