Scott Hodek

In some Wisconsin counties, unemployment is below pre-Great Recession levels, but in much of the Northwoods, the rate remains double the lower averages.

The April unemployment rate in Oneida county was 6.2 percent, Forest and Vilas counties have the state's fourth highest rate at 8.2 percent, Langlade is at 6 percent, Lincoln county at 5.2 percent, Price county at 5.1 percent. Iron county has the state's highest rate at 10.8 percent.


A state economist thinks the  Northwoods economy will continue to improve. Ken Krall spoke with Department of Workforce Development economist Scott Hodek about the  forecast for the next few months.

A report last Friday by BMO Economics held much the same forecast as Hodek. According to the report published by,  real gross domestic product  in Wisconsin will increase 2.3 percent in 2014 and rise 2.6 percent in 2015. This is up more than a full percentage point from the 1.2 percent growth rate in 2013, bolstered by firming factory activity and modest export growth.