Unemployment rate stays the same, but jobs added in MarchThe Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says hiring continues to climb in the state.
By: Steve Roisum, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says hiring continues to climb in the state.
The latest report says Wisconsin posted job growth for the third straight month in March, with almost 10,000 new job openings in the private sector over all, including nearly 3,000 in manufacturing. The report says the unemployment rate remains at 7.4-percent, the same as January and February, but better than the 9-percent unemployment rate last March.
DWD Secretary Manny Perez says people searching for work need to get ready now. He says there are about 27,000-28,000 positions posted currently in the Wisconsin Job Center.
“It’s not a question of whether there are jobs,” says Perez. “There are jobs out there, it is increasing.”
Perez and Carol Wagenson, of Workforce Connections in western Wisconsin, say hiring is still well below pre-recession levels. Wagenson says there’s a definite increase in the number of people landing work, but many are still looking.
“We do see growth, it’s not as large as we have seen in the past. of course, but we do feel people are getting back to work.”
Perez says there are two distinct threats that could impact hiring in Wisconsin. He says high gas prices cut into consumer buying. Also, he says Japan’s willingness to buy some Wisconsin exports may be affected, after the country suffered catastrophic earthquakes and devastating infrastructure damage.