We have gathered important information about the local labor market to help job seekers understand the current trends in the NorthCentral Region. Check back regularly for updates and a new article every month. 

Career Services

Our Career Services Team specializes in our local labor market. They have formed connections with local employers to facilitate opportunities for FSET customers. They also work with labor market experts to gather the best information available about the trends in the NorthCentral Region.

CSS Team

 Kailey Holloway Alvarado

 Career Services Specialist

 (Adams, Portage, Wood)

 (715) 315 - 0191



 Megan Stanchik

 Career Services Specialist

 (Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida,   Vilas)

 (715) 216 - 0144


Let's Talk Labor Market 19-05

 $7.25 is now 12 Years Old

Congress last raised the minimum wage in May 2007, with an effective date of 7/24/2009. It has been 12 years since that congressional action, the longest period without a federal minimum wage increase since a minimum wage law was adopted in 1938.


Until the 1980s, federal minimum wage increased about every five years. Since then, the gaps between increases continues to expand.


Federal minimum wage standards require employers across the country to pay minimum wage (there are lower wage standards for tipped, agriculture and teen workers). All but four states have adopted specific state minimum wage standards.

Wisconsin is one of only 16 states that has kept the $7.25 minimum wage, whereas 30 states have established a higher minimum wage that employers must follow.


Although minimum wage remains at $7.25, many entry-level jobs in Wisconsin pay more because there is a labor shortage. The fast food industry was one of the first to raise starting wages because they were not able to recruit enough employees. 


Should you settle for minimum wage? That depends on your situation. If you are a 16-year old looking for your first job in a limited labor market (i.e. rural or small town), minimum wage may be fine as gaining experience is more important than the wage. But, if you are 26 (or any adult), minimum wage will likely not be enough to pay basic living expenses.


FSET works with customers to develop a career path and find employers who provide both good opportunities and higher wages. Our Career Services Team has developed dozens of employer relationships to help facilitate direct connections between customers and local employers. Contact us today to find out  more!


For more information on minimum wage, check out the Department of Labor website.

To see more Let's Talk Labor Market articles, go to our Archives.

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Hot Jobs

The following are the most in-demand fields in the NorthCentral Region:

  • Sales
  • Registered Nurse
  • Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Drivers
  • Marketing
  • General/Operations Manager
  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Maintenance/Repair Worker
  • Construction Worker
  • Carpenter
  • Welder

For more information, click HERE.

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Thru 6/30/19
   3,420 People 
 have gotten jobs
In the NorthCentral
   FSET Program

Employer Spotlight


Automated Products, Inc., located in Marshfield, WI, is a custom manufacturing company that serves the construction industry. Automated Products, Inc. began in 1964, primarily building roof trusses.  Over the years, API has added products such as wall panels, floor trusses, I-joist floors, floor decks along with beams, hangers, anchors and more in order to meet increasing demands in the residential and commercial construction industries.


Today, Automated Products, Inc. has over 150 employees that are committed to building high quality products at a reasonable price. API puts an emphasis on building personal relationships with their customers which will continue to prepare them for the future.


API currently has openings for employment in production, for both 1st and 2nd shifts. If you are interested in employment with Automated Products, Inc., please check out their job posting or download a copy of their application.

If you are hired at API, you’ll have the opportunity to learn many different job functions during your cross training. API also offers efficiency bonuses to their employees, which is an incentive for effective teamwork.


For more information, please check out Automated Products, Inc. at www.apiebs.com, or follow them on Facebook. If you’re an FSET customer and you would like to apply at Automated Products, Inc. please contact your FSET Case Manager right away!


To see more Employer Spotlights,  go to our Archives.

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Unemployment Rates


NorthCentral Region Rates

Unemployment statistics pulled from Bureau of Labor Statistics run by the United States Department of Labor. For more information, go to https://data.bls.gov.

(not seasonally adjusted)

 CountyMay '19 April '19 March '19 
 Adams3.5 4.2


 Forest4.3 5.35.7
 Langlade3.0 3.44.5
 Lincoln2.7 3.33.9
 Marathon2.4 2.42.8
 Oneida3.0 4.14.9
 Portage2.9 2.63.4
 Vilas3.0 4.75.2
 Wood2.9 3.14.2
 Wisconsin2.7 2.73.3

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Fastest Growing Jobs (per North Central Workforce Development Board)

Please head to the NCWDB's website for more data regarding the NorthCentral region!

As you can see, many of the fastest growing jobs are entry level positions, and they pay a lower wage. But don’t let this discourage you if this is not what you want to do long-term! Everyone needs to start somewhere.


Keep in mind that all these positions allow you to gain experience and knowledge that you can take along with you as you travel along your career path.


All of these industries are growing and have a lot of potential. Click on the links below to view graphics showing possible outcomes from starting out in some of the industries noted above!

Janitorial/General Cleaner


Personal Care Worker


Retail Sales

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