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 19-03

Spring Seasonal Employment and the

Labor Market

As we enter into the Spring months, our labor market and employment options will be changing almost as much as the weather. Following the generally slower employment months of January and February, March brings an influx of new job opportunities in several different industries. It is important for job seekers to find that sweet spot in-between the dead months of post-Holiday winter and summer vacation to utilize the Spring months for their job search!

The following are the most common industries that traditionally have seasonal Spring hiring:

  • Retail
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Construction (road, concrete, home and industrial)
  • Specialized fields that required a college degree (as employers want to capture new graduates)

The biggest Spring seasonal employers in the Central WI area are Home Depot, Menards and Lowe’s. With most people taking full advantage of the warm months to work in their garden, on their remodeling projects or in their yard, it makes sense that these three companies would take over Spring seasonal hiring! According to a news release from March 5, 2019, Home Depot announced that they would be hiring 80,000 workers this Spring nationwide.  Lowe’s announced at the beginning of the year that they plan to hire 67,400 employees nationwide during 2019, with a staggering 50,000 of whom will be Spring seasonal workers. The open positions at these home improvement-type stores aren’t just for the outdoorsy or handyperson types, they are for everyone! If you are a job seeker, now is the perfect time to investigate applying for a job at one (or all!) of these companies.

  • At Home Depot in Wisconsin Rapids, the jobs available are: Asset Protection Specialist, Cashier, Merchandising, Freight/Receiving, Designer- Kitchen/Bath, Deliveries/Driver, Store Support, Lot Associate, Department Supervisor and Customer Service/Sales.
  • At Lowe’s in Plover/Stevens Point, there are several job openings. Job listings that are specifically listed as seasonal are Store Employee (Outside Lawn & Garden, Cashier and Paint). There are quite a few other job openings for Part-Time and Full-Time, in most departments.
  • Wisconsin Dells, located closest to those who live in the Adams County area, is the hub for tourism and hospitality in Central WI. The Dells park and recreation employers support around 16,000 jobs. Even though WI Dells only has 5500 permanent residents, the city hosts over 4 million visitors annually. The overall tourism economy of The Dells contributed $44.9 million in state taxes and just over $50 million in local taxes. All of this to say- Wisconsin Dells is a powerful driving force in Central WI’s economy. Some of the resorts and water parks in the area that are hiring right now are: Wilderness Resort, Chula Vista Resort, Kalahari, Noah’s Ark, Mt. Olympus and Great Wolf Lodge. Be sure to pay special attention to the benefits that these companies offer their seasonal employees. Many of them offer free park passes to their employees, and other activity-related perks that can be used during and after work hours. If a job seeker likes to play and work at the same time, chances are, a job in WI Dells might be a great fit for them!

Here’s a quick summary of the things job seekers can do during the Spring hiring season:

 Look for jobs in locations with a high concentration of hotels, resorts and water parks. Make sure to ask the company that you apply with if your job is seasonal, if there’s an opportunity to move to full-time employment after the seasonal period ends, and finally what kind of benefits the company offers its seasonal employees.

Apply at your local Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, or other home improvement store. Remember- you don’t have to be familiar with tools to work at home improvement stores! There will be many different kinds of job openings available for the Spring season, especially in the garden section. Visit Home Depot’s website for a quick snapshot of the jobs that are available now, but don’t forget to check back later for updates.

If you have any questions about the Spring employment season and how it might affect you directly, please do not hesitate to contact your FSET Case Manager or your Career Services Specialist. Happy Spring!






To see previous Let's Talk Labor Market articles, please click HERE


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Top FSET Employers

The following are 3 of the employers who have hired the largest number of FSET customers in 2018. 

Infinity Foods, formerly known as both Infinity Foods and McCain Foods, combined operations to become Infinity Foods on August 1, 2018. Since that time, Infinity has hired 8 FSET customers from both Wood and Portage County. Most of these employments took place during the month of October, and the CSS team expects the number of FSET customers hired at Infinity to continue to go up. 

Nicolet Staffing, a staffing and employment agency with locations in Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point, is hiring for the Eastbay/Footlocker holiday season. Nicolet is offering their seasonal employees transportation from Stevens Point to Eastbay in Wausau in order to accommodate Eastbay's large seasonal push. 12 FSET customers have been employed through Nicolet since the beginning of 2018, with an continued expected increase towards the end of the year. 


Midwest Labor has locations that service the NorthCentral FSET Program in Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids & Stevens Point. With 36 employments for FSET customers during 2018 (so far!), Midwest Labor is a go-to employment agency for anyone who's looking for quick and simple placement with an employer. Midwest usually specializes in jobs with manufacturers, and several FSET customers have gone on to be hired on directly at the manufacturer of their choice.

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Employer Spotlight


Since 1999, Applied Laser Technologies (ALT) has proven itself to be a quality sheet metal fabricator in Schofield, WI now employing approximately 130 employees.


ALT currently has two running shifts to provide quick turnaround. While capable of cutting a variety of different metals and thicknesses/sizes, they go beyond only lasering. Other services provided include welding with a capability of welding assemblies up to 10,000 pounds as well as assembly and in-house powder coating among other things.


When asked why ALT is such a great place to work, HR Assistant Kyra Klumpyan stated

“ALT is truly a family-oriented company. We take pride in our culture here and want everyone to feel a part of the team. Having employees that get along and work well together not only peaks performance, but it also helps employees want to come to work each day.”


ALT offers a 4-day work week, full health, dental, and vision insurance, flex time scheduling, paid lunches, holidays, vacation and personal time, 2nd shift premiums, a 401k retirement plan w/ employer match along with opportunities for advancement. They work in a clean manufacturing facility where employees are not treated as a number.


Applied Laser is currently hiring! For more information on positions they are currently hiring for, please visit their website by clicking HERE.


To apply, there are a couple of options.

If interested in applying online, you can visit their website by clicking HERE and clicking the “Apply Here” button.

You may also apply via e-mail by sending your resume, position applying for and contact information to Kyra Klumpyan at kyra.klumpyan@aplaser.com.

If you’d like help with either of these processes, please reach out to your FSET Case Manager for assistance!

To see previous Employer Spotlights, please click HERE 

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Unemployment Rates

Click on the map to view the most current Unemployment Rates, by county, for Wisconsin.



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)

 CountyDecember '18 November '18 October '18
 Adams5.2 4.1


 Forest  4.5   4.13.6
 Langlade3.5 3.13.1
 Lincoln2.7 2.32.5
 Marathon2.2 2.22.3
 Oneida3.9 3.02.7
 Portage2.6 2.42.4
 Vilas 4.3 3.22.9
 Wood3.1 2.92.8
 Wisconsin2.6 2.62.6

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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 2/28/19
   3,173 People 
 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.


For example, retail sales is a growing job field with lots of potential. Note the graphics below showing two possible outcomes from starting out with a retail sales position!


Remember – every job counts!

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