The number of employees hired by Manpower is soaring as the company reports record revenues, while its employees are reporting an increase in their workweek, and the company is expanding its workforce to cover more of the state.
The number of jobs posted for 2015-16 in Troy was up 5.4 per cent compared with 2014-15, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
While Manpower employs more than 1,300 people in the area, it’s not all just local talent.
The company hired two new workers in the last few months.
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“I had hoped to see more, but not that much more, as our local recruitment was not that good,” said Jeff Kincaid, who was hired in June.
Kincaid is a sales associate with Manpower Services, a division that helps businesses create online and mobile solutions to manage their business processes.
He said the company hired about 500 people last year.
Manpower was founded in 1985, and employs nearly 11,000 people across the U.S. At the time of its founding, the company was still expanding.
It expanded from its original site in the 1980s to its current location in the heart of downtown Troy in 2015.
After its opening, the area around the building where the office now sits was filled with employees, said Kincad.
During the boom, Manpower also began hiring people in remote areas.
But the company eventually decided to hire more people in areas like southern Indiana and western Michigan, he said.
Manpower is still hiring in southern Indiana, but is now in more rural areas.
In 2014, the Manpower corporate offices in the southern Indiana area were full of workers, said John Bowers, the firm’s president and CEO.
But in 2015, the number of people employed there fell by about 2,000.
Bowers said Manpower started hiring people closer to home in rural parts of the region in 2016.
Bridges said the firm also is hiring in western Michigan.
For more on the state’s job growth, visit the Globe and Mail jobs page.