Wisconsin faces workforce shortage

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MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development report shows the unemployment rate dipped below 3% last month, despite flat job growth.

The state’s largest business group, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, is working to address the state’s workforce shortage. They’re asking Governor Evers to continue to set aside money for a campaign encouraging people in places like Chicago and Minneapolis to move to Wisconsin.

It was created under former Governor Scott Walker and costs about 7 million dollars.

“I would have said five years ago it’s a skills gap, that people don’t have the skills for the jobs that we have,” Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce CEO Kurt Bauer said. “We have some of the best technical colleges in the county, we can skill people up for the jobs we have. At this point it’s a population gap, we just don’t have the bodies.”

The shrinking job force has been a trend for the last few months.

Wisconsin’s Workforce Development report shows the state has not had a year-over-year increase in the labor force since April 2018.

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