Survey hints at Wichita job growth

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WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita Workforce Center has a new permanent home. And a new survey indicates it will have plenty of jobs to offer in the months ahead.

The workforce center, which includes Kansas Works, used to be in the downtown area. Now it's in the New Leaf Shopping Center near 21st and Amidon. A big grand opening event is planned Wednesday afternoon, with state officials and Mayor Carl Brewer cutting a ribbon.

This change of location comes as Manpower reports Wichita businesses may be in a hiring mood in the third quarter.

Manpower's quarterly survey shows 19 percent of area companies plan to add staff between July and September. Only four percent plan to make staff cuts, while 76 percent of businesses plan no changes in the next three months.

Manpower reports one of the hottest job areas is construction. That matches the May report from the Kansas Department of Labor, which showed construction hiring was up sharply.

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