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 19-06

Why are Unemployed People Staying Unemployed in a Tight Labor Market?


It seems natural to assume that when there is a low unemployment rate, people who are unemployed can gain employment quickly, but a new jobs report reflects a different story.


The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) report is developed by the federal government to give an estimate of the number of job openings, the number of hires and the number of separations (leaving a job due to a quit, layoff or termination).


The most recent data (for April 2019) showed a reported 7.4 million job openings and 5.9 million unemployed people who reported looking for jobs. A total of 5.9 people were hired in April and 5.6 million people quit their job.


Tendayi Kapfize, chief economist of LendingTree, notes *:


“JOLTS still shows a strong labor market with a high rate of job openings and a high rate of quits. There are still more job openings than unemployed people, which suggests that skill mismatches may be driving the slowdown in payrolls momentum. A high number of quits means people are quite confident in their ability to find new jobs or are being poached away by other employers. An increase in people switching jobs vs unemployed people taking new jobs supports the skill shortage theory.


There are way more job openings than people looking for jobs. Since the unemployment rate hasn’t meaningfully changed in the past few months, it seems like workers are switching around to get better jobs, but employers aren’t hiring unemployed job seekers as much.”


The jobs report is indicating that people who quit a job are more frequently gaining immediate new employment while many unemployed people remain unemployed. This skills gap is a significant issue in Wisconsin. There is a shortage of skilled workers in heath care, transportation, manufacturing and trade fields (such as electrician and plumbers).


If you are struggling to find a job, talk to an FSET case manager about skills training opportunities through our program and at Technical Colleges. Take control and change where you land on the JOLTS report!


*Quote from The Basis Point, 6/11/19

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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
  • Welders
  • Accountants
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Workers

For more information, click HERE.

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Employer Spotlight


Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling (GLCCB) is a bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products including soda, tea, water, and energy drinks. They distribute to over 65,000 locations including restaurants, sporting venues, healthcare facilities, schools, convenience stores, and supermarkets. They also deliver more than 145 million cases annually to 6 states including Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa!

GLCCB joined the Reyes Family of Businesses in 2015 when they were acquired by Reyes Holdings L.L.C., one of the top 10 largest privately held companies in the United States. In the past 40+ years, they have grown exponentially into a global leader in the production and distribution of food and beverage products – and today are one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the country. They remain a family-owned business to this day.


Coca-Cola is currently hiring for Merchandisers in the Wausau, Stevens Point, and Rhinelander areas!

Merchandisers work in local/regional stores to keep products fully stocked on the shelves. This would involve identifying stocking needs then transporting product between the backroom and the store floor with manual equipment such as a pallet jack.


A comprehensive benefits package is available for full-time employees as well!

This includes:


Starting at (3) weeks of PTO (paid time off) & (9) paid holidays

Multiple Health Insurance Packages – Optional $0 Employee Premiums

401(k) with up to 5% Company match

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Saving Accounts

Dental and Vision Insurance

Company provided Life Insurance

Short term and Long term disability insurance


If you’re interested in working for Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling, please click HERE to apply. Remember to let your FSET Case Manager know that you’re interested so they can help you with the process!

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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)

 CountyJune '19 May '19April '19
 Adams4.4 3.5


 Forest4.8 4.35.3
 Langlade3.8 3.03.4
 Lincoln3.4 2.73.3
 Marathon3.1 2.42.4
 Oneida3.8 3.04.1
 Portage3.7 2.92.6
 Vilas3.5 3.04.7
 Wood3.8 2.93.1
 Wisconsin3.4 2.72.7

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Through 8/31/19,

3,528 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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