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

 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 Vol 18-01


Baby Boomers: Impact on Labor Market Trends


Did you Know?

You’ve probably heard the words “Baby Boomer” at one point or another. Do you know what it means? Baby Boomers are defined as people being born between 1946-1964. After World War II, the United States had a rapid growth in population. It was fittingly termed as the “Baby Boom”.  

Currently, there are approximately 76.4 million baby boomers living in the United States (Population Reference Bureau, 2018). Since the beginning of 2011, 10,000 baby boomers have been turning 65 years old EVERY DAY and this will continue through the year 2030 (Pew Research, 2010).  


What does this mean to me?

People are living longer than ever before in American history (University of Southern California, 2018). Even though people are living longer, they are not necessarily healthier. According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, they are seeing higher rates of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes (JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013).

Because of this, it is believed that there will be an increased need for healthcare professionals as baby boomers get older and older. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare and social assistance jobs are expected to increase by nearly 4 million in the United States (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).


What now? 

Now is probably the best time to consider entering the healthcare field. Occupation options include but are not limited to:


Personal Caregiver

Resident Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Dietary Aide

In-Home Caregiver

Direct Care Staff/Professional

Medication Passer/Med Tech

Home Health Aide 



Keep in mind – there are positions that require minimal or no experience and jobs that require a certain level of education.


Talk to your FSET Case Manager about how FSET can help with education and training opportunities such as CNA licensing, along with other support services!


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Top FSET Employers

The following are the top three employers who have hired FSET customers in 2018.  

Express Employment Professionals has locations that serve FSET customers in Tomah, Stevens Point and Weston. Since January 1, 2018, 20 FSET customers have been hired by Express! More than half of these jobs are temp-to-hire positions, with opportunities of permanent employment after a period of time.


QPS Employment Group in Wausau, Plover, and Baraboo/Mauston is the highest ranking employer for our FSET customers! With 24 employments at QPS since January 1, 2018, the options that FSET customers have with this employer are growing rapidly.


HoChunk Casino in Wittenberg, Nekoosa and Wisconsin Dells is currently our fastest growing employer. With 13 employments since January 1st and many more to come, HoChunk is a fun and opportunity-filled place to work!

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Thru July 22,
   2,722 People 
 have gotten jobs
In the NorthCentral
   FSET Program

Employer Spotlight


Since they were founded in 1993, Crystal Finishing Systems, Inc. has provided the Central Wisconsin area with a wide array of surface coating options. With nearly 1.5 million square feet of workspace and locations in Schofield, Mosinee, and River Falls, WI, Crystal Finishing’s services include aluminum extrusion and fabrication, high-performance coatings, powder coating, plastics coating, e-coating, and anodizing.

Crystal Finishing has also proven to be a great employer within our community. Since the beginning of 2018, Crystal Finishing has employed 18 FSET customers!

Crystal Finishing is currently hiring for many different positions within their various departments including Production Worker, Anodize Line Operators, Chemical Operators, Inventory Control, Painters, QA Techs, Saw Operators, Plastic Buffers, Customer Service Representative, and Shuttle Driver. Positions include full-time and part-time employment as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift.

When asked why someone would want to work at Crystal Finishing, HR Manager Linda Esker said:

Crystal Finishing is a great place to start and grow your career, the opportunities are endless.  As a family owned company, we care about our team members and provide them with competitive pay and an outstanding benefit package including onsite clinics, onsite chiropractic care, four paid time off programs, and many other unique and family friendly benefits. While we have many traditional full-time positions, we have flexible options for those who are looking for a career that fits their lifestyle. We help sustain our community through employee involvement and financial support.  If you’re looking for a career that will provide you with a sense of pride, join Crystal Finishing to be part of something great in our pursuit of total customer satisfaction.”

Currently, Crystal Finishing is hiring at all 3 of their locations!

To apply, please visit their website at:


Initial interviews are done through an online recorded video, and a second interview may occur via phone or in person. Please talk about this with your case manager if you have any questions or would like assistance preparing for your interview!


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Unemployment Rates

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



NorthCentral Region Rates

 County May Apr Mar
 Adams 3.5 4.2


 Forest 4.4 5.75.5
 Langlade 3.4 4.04.4
 Lincoln 2.7  3.43.7
 Marathon 2.4 2.52.9
 Oneida 2.9 4.24.8
 Portage 2.6 2.73.4
 Vilas 3.1 5.25.6
 Wood 2.9 3.34.1
 Wisconsin 2.6 2.73.2

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Hot Jobs

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

  • Information Technology
  • Maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Sales
  • Production
  • Construction
  • Office/Admin Support
  • Healthcare

For more information, click HERE.

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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!

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

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8


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