Department of Workforce Development

Lowest levels in years
4:13 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Northwoods Unemployment Falls In Late Summer

Even in some of the hardest-hit Northwoods counties, unemployment eased considerably in late summer.
The state released local unemployment figures last week. In the Northwoods, Iron county's rate fell below 10 percent for the first time in many months at 9.7 percent, still second-highest in the state.

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10:20 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Employers, Job Seekers Invited To State Career Expo

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Employers looking for help and job hunters looking for work are invited to a large career expo in Stevens Point next month.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson announced the fair last week. Newson says it will be the first in central Wisconsin.

Kristine Porter is the District Director of Workforce Development based in Wausau....

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Vilas county steep drop
2:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Most Northwoods Counties See Unemployment Drop

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Lower Northwoods jobless numbers reflect a slowly growing economy and traditional summer hiring practices.

The Department of Workforce Development late last week released the local unemployment rates. Price county had the area's lowest rate at 5.6 percent. Lincoln county at 6.7 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Langlade at 7.4 percent, Forest at 7.9 percent and Vilas at 8.1 percent. Iron county had the states second highest rate at 11.3 percent.

State economist Scott Hodek says businesses hurt by a slow economy and the weather saw an increase...

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Rate drops in other counties
2:40 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Jobless Rate Higher In Northern Counties

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While Wisconsin's overall unemployment rate continues to drop, Northwoods unemployment continues above state average. In Iron county's situation, they have the highest unemployment rate in the state.

State numbers released Thursday show Iron county at 13.2 percent, Vilas is fourth highest at 9.5 percent, Forest is at 8.1 percent, but Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties are lower in the 7 percent range. Price county is at 5.3 percent. Wisconsin's average is 5.8 percent.

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Iron county has highest rate
3:53 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Jobless Rate Mixed Across the Northwoods

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Northwoods unemployment  levels are falling into traditional patterns says a state economist, but one county in this area now tops the list for joblessness.

In the Northwoods, figures from the Department of Workforce Development find Price county with the lowest rate at 5.1 percent, Oneida at 6.9 percent, Lincoln at seven percent, Langlade at 7.2, Vilas at 7.8 percent, and Forest at 7.9 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 12.1 percent.

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Initial claims down
4:45 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Fed Shutdown Slowed Wis. Unemployment Reporting

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The recently-ended federal government shutdown is affecting more than federal programs: it's also slowing down the state's reporting on unemployment.

The Department of Workforce Development routinely puts out local jobless numbers the fourth week of the month. Not this month, as state economist Tom Walsh points out.

But Walsh says some local trends were seen...

 

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Next report in November
2:19 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Federal Shutdown Slowed State Jobless Reporting

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The recently-ended federal government shutdown is affecting more than federal programs: it's also slowing down the state's reporting on unemployment.

The Department of Workforce Development routinely puts out local jobless numbers the fourth week of the month. Not this month, as state economist Tom Walsh points out.

But Walsh says some local trends were seen...

 

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Trend in education
6:22 am
Sat July 13, 2013

More Money For Youth, Adult Apprenticeships

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Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is a part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative. It's designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.


This one or two year elective program combines academic and technical instruction with mentored on-the-job learning.

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Workforce Development
4:41 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

State Apprenticeship Program Reaches Out

The state workforce development agency and Nicolet College are putting the spotlight on manufacturing apprenticeship programs in northern Wisconsin.  The agency held an outreach session Friday for local manufacturers.

The program is designed for workers who are already employed by a company.  During the apprenticeship the employee keeps getting paid, and spends ten percent of his or her time in school at a technical college.  In Oneida County, that means Nicolet College.  Ben Stahlecker from the Department of Workforce Development…says it’s a win-win situation.       

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