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

 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


Let's Talk Labor Market 19-07

Job Searching and Childcare Issues

It’s no surprise that childcare issues are a serious employment barrier in Northcentral Wisconsin. Many parents are wanting to work but are experiencing challenges. Some of the childcare-specific issues include the high cost of quality childcare and the lack of quality childcare providers. Many times, the cost and lack of availability of childcare outweighs the benefits of going back to work.

Parents in 28 states are paying more for childcare than the average cost of college tuition and fees according to a report from the nonpartisan organization Council for a Strong America. Additionally, a lack of childcare is costing the country $57 billion per year because parents are leaving work early, or because they’re turning down career opportunities.

According to Childcaring.org, the average cost for childcare for an infant one year or younger in Langlade County averages $775.00/month. In Marathon County, costs average around $962.00/month. This costs more than monthly rent for many people.

Thankfully, some employers are trying to combat this issue by providing benefits and perks to working parents. For example, in June 2019, Target announced that it will provide all employees 20 days of back-up childcare or elder care. Employees will be able to bring their child to an in-network day care center for $20 a day or pay a subsidized hourly rate for in-home care. In addition to this, Target increased their paid parental leave policy from 2 weeks to 4 weeks annually to care for a newborn or sick family member. New moms will also get an additional 6-8 weeks of paid maternity leave.

Volm Companies in Antigo recognized childcare costs as an issue and introduced a childcare reimbursement benefit. They reimburse employees $200/month for 1 child and up to $300/month for 2 or more children to put towards childcare costs. It doesn’t cover the total cost of childcare, but it certainly helps ease the burden.

There are many available community resources that some parents can take advantage of as well, including Wisconsin Shares. The Wisconsin Shares Childcare Subsidy Program helps support low-income working families by providing a childcare cost subsidy while the parents or caregivers are working or participating in another approved activity. More information can be found here (https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/wishares).

In fact, Wisconsin Shares could be a wonderful benefit to utilize while job searching with the assistance of FSET! Other supports that FSET can offer to eligible customers include the initial registration fee and other up-front fees that need to be paid to a provider prior to children getting care. For more information on enrolling in FSET and seeing how we can assist you in your employment goals, contact our main office at (715) 421- 8608.







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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


A&B Process Systems, located in Stratford, WI, is a manufacturer focused on design, fabrication, automation, and installation of stainless-steel process systems used in a variety of industries.


A&B Process Systems is best known for their contribution to the food industry. They have a presence in many food-related markets such as baby food, bakery, pet food, dairy, and many more. Many of their products are used in non-food applications as well such as chemical and industrial, commercial explosives, environmental, sealants and adhesives, and renewable energy. More information on their product availability can be found on their website by clicking here


A&B Process Systems is actively hiring for a variety of different positions including Welders, Fabricators, Fitters, and a Customer Service Representative. You can find more information about the positions they are currently hiring for by clicking here.


Ongoing professional development is important at A&B. They have all on-the-job training, a performance review process, possibility for international assignment, and introduction and buddy schemes.


They also provide a broad range of employee benefits including health insurance, retirement savings plan, paid vacation time, and educational reimbursement!


If you are interested in applying with A&B Process Systems, you can visit their Careers webpage by clicking here.

Be sure to discuss with your FSET case manager to help you prepare your resume and for a potential interview!

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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)

 CountySept '19 August '19July '19
 Adams3.7 4.5


 Forest4.0 4.65.0
 Langlade3.2 3.74.2
 Lincoln2.9 4.03.8
 Marathon2.5 2.93.0
 Oneida3.3 3.73.7
 Portage2.7 3.13.3
 Vilas2.8 3.13.3
 Wood3.1 3.84.1
 Wisconsin2.93.3 3.3

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Through 10/31/19,

3,659 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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