Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Low unemployment rates cause lack of job seekers in WisconsinSubmitted: 11/04/2019
Story By Ben Bokun

Low unemployment rates cause lack of job seekers in Wisconsin
RHINELANDER - It's relatively easy for a person to find a job in Wisconsin. That makes it more competitive for employers to hire talent, which is creating problems.

"The times are slightly different than any other time before, because we are at this low unemployment level," said Grow North Executive Director Brittany Beyer.

Every county in Wisconsin saw its unemployment level improve in September. Beyer says its caused businesses to be more lenient with such a small pool of job seekers.

"If they have candidates that are eager and might not necessarily have all the skills that they're looking for, they could and should be willing to think through what skills they could help develop those individuals to obtain," said Beyer.


Tricia Braun, COO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), says there's just a lack of people in general.

"Wisconsin, the past decade, has had more outmigration than we've had immigration," said Braun.

In response, the WEDC surveyed metro areas in the Midwest.

"They weren't saying things like '[it has] great schools,' or '[it's a] good place to raise my family' or '[it has] diverse career opportunities in my area,'" said Braun.

Beyer believes people aren't aware of the state's opportunities, like its industry.

"Our trades are a place where a lot of people can find career pathways that find sustainability really easily," said Beyer.

The WEDC is working to groom the next generation into staying in Wisconsin for work.

"We're wanting to work with our employers, especially manufacturers, and partner with them on initiatives like fabrication labs in our K-12 schools," said Braun.

For towns around the Northwoods, Braun thinks innovation in hiring is key.

"It really is forcing a community to come together and create solutions - out-of-the-box solutions - to help address some of these challenges," said Braun.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

MOSINEE - More than 900 future soldiers at 130 locations across the country recited the oath of enlistment Wednesday. 

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - After a fairly mild winter, there's a good chance pests will be more plentiful this spring. After a rough tick and mosquito season last year local bug and outdoor experts are warning this year may be even worse.

Snow may still cover the ground across parts of the Northwoods, but once that snow melts, it could get buggy.

"The numbers may be up for mosquitoes and ticks because we've actually had a pretty mild season for them," said DNR Forest Health Specialist Linda Williams. "Mosquitoes and ticks [spend] winter on the ground and we've had great snow cover all winter long up here in the Northwoods."

Very cold temperatures are needed to kill off some mosquitoes and ticks.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - As the 2020 presidential election heats up, the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin is warning people about a new robocall scam - with a political slant.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The sound of science experiments filled the auditorium of James Williams Middle School Thursday. 

+ Read More

Play Video

STEVENS POINT - UW-Stevens Point Political Science Professor John Blakeman expects the badger state's ten delegates to be fought over aggressively.

"In 2016, there was less than a one percent difference between Clinton and Trump," said Blakeman. "So both political parties know Wisconsin is very much in play."

Both the President and Vice President have made recent stops to Wisconsin.

Democratic candidates are elsewhere seeking early-state primary wins, but Blakeman expects them to start coming soon - though not necessarily to Northern Wisconsin.

"It looks like the 7th congressional district has really trended Republican with its 2016 vote for Trump so I would expect Democratic candidates to focus more in the population centers in Milwaukee and Dane County," said Blakeman.

Bernie Sanders won the 2016 presidential primary against Hilary Clinton. Blakeman predicts the same will happen in 2020, unless Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar makes a strong push.

Blakeman added Sanders is best poised to get a majority of the delegates and secure the nomination, but a split convention is also possible.

"Worst case for the Democrats is there is no delegate majority, Bernie has the most going into the convention," said Blakeman. "Then the candidates will really have to fight it out."

+ Read More

- The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank nearly 1,200 points Thursday, deepening a weeklong global market rout caused by worries that the coronavirus outbreak will wreak havoc on the global economy.

Bond prices soared again, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury to another record low. When yields fall it's a sign that investors are feeling less confident about the strength of the economy going forward.

+ Read More

MADISON - The number of abortions performed in Wisconsin increased for a second straight year in 2018 after eight years of declines, the latest report from the state Department of Health Services shows.

Abortions increased 7% in 2018 over 2017, the report said. There were 6,042 abortions in Wisconsin in 2018, up from 5,640 the year before. That's nearly double the rate of increase between 2016 and 2017 when abortions went up 3.7%.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: