Ninth Dispatch Blog

Professional services firms upbeat, labor turnover steady

Ronald A. Wirtz | Director, Regional Outreach | @RonWirtz

Published July 14, 2017

The Minneapolis Fed this week released its annual survey of professional services firms, conducted jointly with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic development. As described in the fedgazette article (and in the latest Beige Book released this week), firms across the district generally experienced modest growth over the past year, with expectations for that growth to continue over the coming four quarters.

In addition to the usual results covered in the data table, a special question asked respondents about what happened to labor turnover at their operations over the past year. The majority of firms, about 73 percent, reported no change in turnover. But 21 percent said that labor turnover had increased, an indication of continued tightening in the job market, as only 4 percent reported decreased turnover (the remainder were unsure).