In the first quarter of 2019, 32 percent of employers in the Cape Coral metro area expect to increase staffing levels, the second-highest nationwide among the largest 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. The reports states that competition for skilled talent is set to rise as employers across the U.S. are reporting the strongest hiring intentions in 12 years. All 13 industry sectors measured in the survey forecast optimistic hiring plans, with the strongest hiring outlook in transportation and utilities, as consumer expectations for on-demand delivery grow. Hiring intentions remain robust in leisure and hospitality (+27 percent) with more Americans spending on travel and tourism indicative of strong consumer confidence in a healthy economy. The professional and business services sector has the third-strongest outlook (+25 percent), driving the need for a breadth of workers from insurance to information technology.