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!

Career Services

CSS Team

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.

 Ronda Seubert

 Career Services Specialist

 (Adams, Portage, Wood)

 (715) 315 - 0191



 Megan Stanchik

 Career Services Specialist

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

 (715) 216 - 0144


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 Let's Talk Labor Market Article
 Employer Spotlight
 Unemployment Data
Hot Jobs
Fastest Growing Jobs

 Let's Talk Labor Market


10 Tips to Build your Resilience When Job Searching in the Current Labor Market

Recognize some aspects of job searching are different. Interviewing styles and the length of an application process may change. At the same time, hard work and perseverance will continue to be key in getting the job you desire.

Enjoy time to take a course or do remote volunteer work. This investment can help with the release of stress and anxiety while also building your skills and experience.

Search for positions online and offline. Employers are reopening their doors to customers, patrons, and new employees. Look for jobs online, for signs in the windows of businesses in your community, and talk to neighbors, friends and family members who can directly refer you to current open positions.

Interviewers want to know how you handle a challenge. Be prepared to share stories of how you handled difficult challenges and situations.

Let yourself be open to other possibilities. Don’t miss out on new or different types of jobs that could prepare you for the next opportunity. Be ready to tell an employer how your past personal and work experiences can specifically apply to the new job you will do for them.

Interviews are still a two-way street. Be prepared to ask questions that show your interest in the specific position, as well as the company and their mission. 

Ever-changing and flexible environments are the new norm. The work you do today may not be the work you do tomorrow. Your adaptability, flexibility, and willingness to learn and do new things will be crucial to employers.

Not all interviews will be virtual, but most will be. Prepare yourself for anything from a video call to a phone screen, or even an in-person interview.  No matter the format, punctuality, first impressions, enthusiasm, and interest in the specific position and employer remain key.

Continue to work on your health and well-being. Take care of your physical, emotional and mental needs through exercise, eating well, and staying in touch with others.

Engage others in your job search. Seek out the cheerleaders who can help you along the way. This includes the NorthCentral Region FSET office! Let us support you and answer your questions during these challenging times. Watch for new positions and job searching resources on MyFSET.net, as well as through the Job Center’s website at jobcenterofwisconsin.com.








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Employer Spotlight


With approximately 16 different packaging businesses and over 330 global operations, the opportunities at Sonoco are endless. Sonoco provides packaging solutions to many different markets including coffee, produce, infant formula, pet care, and medical & pharmaceuticals while shipping these products worldwide.  The safety of our employees always comes first at Sonoco.  The Wausau plant has worked over 15 yrs without an OSHA recordable injury.


The Sonoco-Wausau facility employees around 70 people which is considered a medium-sized facility for Sonoco. They specifically manufacture metal ends and peelable closures. These pieces are designed for use with metal or rigid paper containers. Ends and closures make containers easier to open and store, ensuring consumer safety by  keeping the product inside fresh. An example of a common piece they make is the metal seal you see on top of a canister of almonds or on a container of infant formula.


Sonoco-Wausau is currently hiring for Production Specialists and Rychiger Operators.  Both are fast-paced, quality sensitive production jobs in a clean, air-conditioned facility. 


Production Specialists are responsible for the safe operation of production equipment as assigned using Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This position requires the ability to lift 10-50 pounds along with being able to manipulate objects through repetitive finger, hand, and wrist movements.  Production Specialists are responsible for the metal ends typically seen on the bottom of a can, as well as rings which are used in the Rychiger Dept.


Rychiger Operators require a bit more technical/mechanical experience than the Production Specialists. They typically work their way into that position, however, with the right amount and type of experience, others can be considered.  Rychiger machine operation is more intensive as they are required to do their own machine adjustments, changeovers, and set-ups, etc. The Rychiger operators make the peelable closures found on top of a container through an automated heat-sealing process.


If interested in working at Sonoco-Wausau, you can apply here. Be sure to discuss with your FSET case manager if interested in Sonoco for even more support and information.




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Hot Jobs

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

Heavy & Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Sales, Manufacturing

Registered Nurses

General/Operations Manager

Medical Assistant



Insurance Sales Agents


Construction Workers

For more information, click HERE.

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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 '20
 Apr '20
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Referral Spotlight

Morgan enrolled with FSET in May of 2019 and was searching for a job in the Customer Service field. The following week after enrollment, Morgan attended FOCUS group, a workshop focused on the local labor market. She was able to learn of some of the Northcentral FSET employer connections that had job openings in the field.


Morgan’s case manager helped her create a new resume and she applied to several customer service positions. Morgan did attend some interviews but was unable to secure a job so she was beginning to feel frustrated by the job search process.


By the end of November, Morgan applied and interviewed with Salelytics for a Customer service/Sales position. A direct referral was sent by the Career Services Specialist to the employer. Morgan interviewed and started her new job with Salelytics in January 2020!


FSET continues to support Morgan during her probationary period with Salelytics. Great job, Morgan!

Through 6/30/20,

4,041 individuals have gotten jobs in the NorthCentral FSET Program

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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111 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495  

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8


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