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 18-03


Staffing Agencies Role in Today’s Labor Market

What do you think when you hear the words staffing agency? Do you automatically think of low-pay and temporary positions? Or do you think of a great opportunity to further your career?


US staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in the 2nd quarter of 2018 (American Staffing Association). Richard Wahlquist, ASA President and CEO notes, “Businesses are turning to staffing companies for flexible workforce solutions, which is driving up demand for temporary and contract employees. This means more opportunities for job seekers in an ever-tightening labor market as employers focus on talent as a way to differentiate their businesses” (American Staffing Association, 2018)


There are many reasons why companies choose to work with staffing agencies. Staffing agencies spend a large chunk of their time recruiting for open positions. Staffing agencies also have ready-to-access databases of eligible employees which help employers extend their reach to even more people. This can be a huge time and cost saver for Human Resources departments.


There is a lot of risk and cost in directly hiring a new employee. While it is difficult to give an exact amount, the average cost per newly hired employee is $4,129 (Society for Human Resource Management, 2016). Because of this, staffing agencies are often used to evaluate and test employees before hiring them on full time.


According to Manpower Market Leader Christina Lammerding, “Companies choose to work with Manpower because we can assist in all aspects of HR/Recruiting, payroll and consulting. The labor market is very tight in Central Wisconsin, so casting a wide net takes time and most companies do not have any extra of that these days.  Manpower has the ability and specializes in building personal recruiting plans for each individual company to partner with them to find the perfect candidates for their open positions.”


If you are struggling to find a permanent job, working with a staffing agency can help you find a job in the interim. Job seekers are more marketable when they are employed versus having an extended period(s) of unemployment. On the other hand, a staffing agency can help you if you already have employment history gaps in giving you a chance to work for a company you want to work for.


Working with a staffing agency is also a great way to gain experience and additional work skills if a person has minimal work experience. If a person has issues in their background that have made it difficult to find a job directly, staffing agencies can help better a person’s chances of finding a job.

“Staffing firms are an ideal way to get your foot in the door with many local companies,” according to Anne Jabusch, assistant marketing manager at QPS. “In this tight labor market, more companies are turning to staffing firms as a way to find employees. Our recruiters take the time to meet with you, listen to your career interests and then best match you with an opportunity. This is especially helpful for those who are thinking of changing industries and need help identifying the skills that they possess that would be transferable to a position in another industry.”


Northcentral FSET has strong relationships with many staffing agencies in our 9-county region. Please talk to your FSET case manager for suggestions on how to proceed if you’re interested in working with a staffing agency to reach your employment goals.






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Top FSET Employers

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

Figi's Gifts in Good Taste has been a staple for employment AND gifts and goodies in the Central WI area for decades. Many FSET customers find Figi's seasonal employment during the holiday season a good fit for them, and they return to work at Figi's every Fall. With 12 FSET customers finding employment at Figi's within the last few months, we can be sure that the holidays are well on their way!


SEEK Careers and Staffing in Wausau and Stevens Point is one of the original Career Services Team connections, and is becoming a popular Fall season employer! FSET customers have gotten 29 employments through SEEK since January 1, 2018. Be on the lookout for a wave of new job openings through SEEK (especially in Plover) before the end of the year!


HoChunk Casino has locations that service the NorthCentral FSET Program in Wittenberg, Nekoosa and Wisconsin Dells. With 15 employments since January 1st and many more to come, HoChunk is a fun and opportunity-filled place to work!

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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
  • Management
  • Office/Admin Support
  • Healthcare

For more information, click HERE.

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Employer Spotlight


Back in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, Kelly Services was founded operating as the Russell Kelly Office Service. The company was renamed Kelly Girl in 1957 and it became what we know today as Kelly Services in 1966.


William Russell “Russ” Kelly started Russell Kelly Office Service. At this time, Russ would pick up typing work from customers and have it completed at his office. After some time, Russ started receiving service requests from companies for help at their locations. Because of this, Russ came up with an idea to send his employees on temporary assignments to wherever they were needed.


Because he always had staff ready, Russ saved companies time and money. At this point, the name of his company changed to Kelly Girl and then Kelly Girl Service, Inc. in 1957. Back in those days, Kelly Girl Service, Inc. would show advertisements with women seated at typewriters stating “more Kelly Girls going to work” hence the name.


As time changed, services offered changed too. They added marketing, technical, and light industrial work and more men began to be employed. In 1966, the company changed its name to its current name - Kelly Services, Inc. Since the beginning of 2018, Kelly Services has employed 10 FSET customers!


When asked why someone would want to work with Kelly Services, Commercial Recruiter Mai Yang noted:

“Kelly Services connects people to work in ways that enrich their lives.”

Currently, Kelly Services in Wausau, WI provides workforce solutions to customers in a variety of industries which include light industrial, assembly, and office positions. They have work available with companies in Wausau, Tomahawk, Schofield, Rothschild, Plover, Mosinee, Merrill, Marshfield, and Marathon City.


Kelly Services in Wausau is currently hiring for many different positions with various companies in the area. Positions include temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire. These positions include full-time and part-time employment as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift. To view list of positions currently being advertised, click HERE.  

To apply with Kelly Services, give them a call at 715-842-9975 to schedule an appointment. An e-mail will be sent to you with the registration application link. Be sure to have an active e-mail address prior to beginning this process!

Please talk with your FSET case manager if you have any questions!

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Thru 09/30/18
   2,873 People 
 have gotten jobs
In the NorthCentral
   FSET Program

Unemployment Rates

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



NorthCentral Region Rates

(not seasonally adjusted)

 CountyAugust July June
 Adams 4.3 4.6


 Forest 4.5  4.95
 Langlade 4.0  4.44.2
 Lincoln 3.3 3.33.3
 Marathon 2.7 2.83.1
 Oneida 2.8  2.93.4
 Portage 2.9 3.33.7
 Wisconsin 3.1 3.13.4

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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!

As you can see above, 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, Personal Care Aide work is a growing job field with lots of potential. Note the graphics below showing two possible outcomes from starting out with a Personal Care Aide position!

Remember – every job counts!

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Address: Wood County Human Services - River Block

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

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8


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