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More employers optimistic, 40% of QPS survey looking to hire in 2013

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BROOKFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - Midwest employers say they’ll hire 6-to-11-percent more people in the first three months of next year. That’s according to the Brookfield staffing firm of QPS.

Chief operating officer Dan McNulty says employers are most optimistic about the futures now than they were about three months ago.

QPS surveyed 420 companies in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas City.

Forty-percent said they would have more employees than they did in the final quarter of this year. Nine-percent planned layoffs, and 51-percent said there would be no change.

When asked about the biggest issues facing their companies, 55-percent said it was the economy.

44-percent cited a lack of qualified employees – the so-called “skills gap” that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he’ll address with more funds in the next state budget for employee training.