The latest survey from the state’s business lobby reveals optimism. Scott Manley with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce said 81%percent of 308 executives who completed the latest semi-annual survey say the state’s economy will see moderate growth in the next six months – a turnaround from recent years.
“Back in 2009 for example, where you had zero percent of CEOs saying that we were going to see good growth, and actually 48% thought we were going to see declining growth,” said Manley. Only twelve percent of respondents said growth will be flat – and none saw the state’s economy declining in the next six months.
“We’ve really flipped those numbers 180 degrees, and I think that’s a testament to the fact that the past four years we’ve seen some very solid, pro growth reforms.”
Manley said the survey might have shown even greater optimism, if not for persistent concerns about what’s been called the “skills gap.” While 58% of respondents planned to add jobs – but 64% reported problems finding qualified workers.