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Head west on Interstate 94 looking for a job over the summer and your job prospects will be OK.

Head east looking for a job and the prospects improve dramatically.

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The Milwaukee-based international recruiting firm, Manpower Inc., recently released their job outlook survey for the summer and found that employers in the Twin Cities expect to hire at a moderate pace over the summer months.

"Employer sentiment about hiring appears to be more encouraging than in the second quarter of 2008, when 36 percent of companies interviewed intended to add employees, and 36 percent planned to reduce staff levels," said Michele Lindberg, a spokesman for Manpower's Twin Cities' office.

According to Manpower, from June to September, 37 percent of the companies interviewed planned to hire, while 29 percent expect to reduce staff.

Another 29 percent expect to maintain current staffing levels while the remaining 5 percent aren't sure.

"Hiring activity is expected to be much lighter than one year ago when 44 percent of companies surveyed planned to increase staff levels and 11 percent expected to cut payrolls," Lindberg said.

Meanwhile in the Chippewa Valley region -- which includes Eau Claire, Menomonie and Chippewa Falls -- Manpower says employers expect to hire at a healthy pace.

According to the Manpower survey, 37 percent of employers there expect to hire on staff during the summer, while 50 percent expect to maintain current staffing levels.

Only 13 percent of the employers surveyed by Manpower expect to cut staff.

Despite what Manpower calls a strong job market for the Chippewa Valley, hiring is expected to be lower than last year.

"Employer sentiment about hiring appears to be less encouraging than in the second quarter of 2008, when 46 percent of companies interviewed intended to add employees, and 12 percent planned to reduce staff levels," said Donna Christianson, spokesperson for Manpower's Eau Claire office.

In the Chippewa Valley, Manpower reports that job prospects are best in the transportation/public utilities sector along with the wholesale/retail trade and finance/insurance/real estate sectors.

Employers in the construction and education sectors plan to cut staffs.

According to Manpower, hiring in durable and non-durable goods manufacturing and public administration is expected to remain the same.

In the Twin Cities, job prospects look best in the wholesale/retail trade and education sectors.

However, employers in the non-durable goods manufacturing plan staff cutbacks.

The Chippewa Valley and Wausau areas had the best job outlooks in Wisconsin, according to the survey.

In Minnesota, the Faribault/Northfield/Owatonna/Waseca region had the best job outlook with 52 percent of employers looking to hire in the coming months.

Statewide, 25 percent of Wisconsin employers plan to hire over the summer, while in Minnesota 29 percent do.

Nationally, 26 percent of employers expect to add staff.

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