Local Job Numbers
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GREEN BAY-- A new report shows more people are going back to work in Northeast Wisconsin as the unemployment rate drops to its lowest mark in 5 years.
Statewide, the job numbers are promising. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, unemployment numbers are down in every county and the state added more than 1,400 jobs in September.
The Department of Workforce Development is focusing on improving those numbers.
"Job center partners have been conducting a lot of workshops to help job seekers better understand what's expected of them, some of the initiatives they've taken over the last six months or are really starting to show some results,” said Jim Golembeski, president of the Bay Area Workforce Development.
Appleton added more than 1,200 hundred jobs last month, the most in the state.
The Oshkosh-Neenah area added 600 while Green Bay lost 300. Green Bay is 1 of 7 Wisconsin cities to lose jobs despite a drop in state unemployment rates.
Michael Hackbarth with Flex Staff in Appleton says there are jobs going unfilled.
"Been a lot of people looking for work, but finding the skilled people with a good work ethic has been the challenge in the recession here,” Hackbarth said.
Allison Payne has a job but hopes to upgrade her skills and become a nurse.
"It's very hard even though I have been back and forth to school still kind of hard to find a job even at a hospital like just doing stuff in general,” Payne said.
While the employment numbers trending up, workers remain in demand for some industries, especially for jobs requiring special training or a college degree.