Employment Center Remains Confident Even With Job Numbers Down

By: Leah Kraus Email
By: Leah Kraus Email

New numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Wisconsin is nearly last in creating private-sector jobs. The state dropped two places since last polled to number 44, and also ranked low among Midwestern states.

However, the Job Center of Marathon County remains optimistic. On Thursday, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson and 85th Assembly District Representive Mandy Wright visited the center and met with employees.

Wright said the center provided many resources to her while she was out of work for a time period in her 20's.

"Funding was cut for the position that I had so suddenly I was out of work," she says. "I had a child and other responsibilities and I had college bills to pay."

After considering her options she went back to school and became a teacher.

Newson says the center is an important resource for job seekers because of the counseling and services it provides.

Governor Scott Walker is investing $100 million dollars in new state funds for the workforce. One area Newson says that the Governor wants to improve upon is the "skills gap."

Tom Younger, Workforce Development Area Manager, agrees. He says the skills gap is a challenge and that Wisconsin is in a position where there are many qualified people out of work, but they don't always have the skills businesses need.

"We have the ability to have people come into the office and to get them assessed for what their skills and their needs are," says Younger.

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