Unemployment up for Chippewa, surrounding counties

2013-01-23T14:08:00Z 2013-01-23T15:11:11Z Unemployment up for Chippewa, surrounding countiesBy THE HERALD Chippewa Herald
January 23, 2013 2:08 pm  • 

Unemployment was again up for Chippewa County in December, according to figures released by the state Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday.

Chippewa County increased from 5.5 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December, the second month in a row the county had a rate increase. All but two of Wisconsin’s 72 counties saw unemployment increase in December.

The Eau Claire metro area, which includes the city of Chippewa Falls, also saw a rate increase over the month, from 5.3 to 6 percent. Unemployment increased in all of the state's 12 major metro areas.

Dunn County has the lowest December rate in the area, at 5.1 percent. Clark, Barron and Taylor counties had rates of 7.2, 7.4, and 7.5 percent, respectively

Rusk County had the highest area rate, at 8.8 percent for December.

Statewide, the lowest unemployment rate was Dane County’s 4.4 percent. The highest was in Menominee, at 12.7 percent.

Both the state and national unemployment rates stayed consistent from November, with the state at 6.6 percent and the nation at 7.8.

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  1. SRLaBelle
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    SRLaBelle - January 25, 2013 3:45 pm
    Maybe the real question is whether or not a four year degree is worth it's price tag?
    For a young adult who shows up at a university ready to learn it may be a worthwhile endeavor but I think that the idea that each and every child should attend college is flawed. Now we see the local four year schools fighting over qualified students even as they expand their facilities. At some point one must ask, is the call for young people to borrow large sums of money and turn it over to college administrators in the best interests of the young people targeted for the sales pitch?
    When I was younger a person could work part time at minimum wage and afford to pay living expenses and tuition. Nowadays the tuition expense is far beyond the scope of a simple part time job. I realize that it is heresy to question the profs but what the heck happened? Did you invent a new calculus? Are there Newtons in the faculty lounge?
    Or is it that your financial expectations have gone off the chain?
  2. hammspsp
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    hammspsp - January 25, 2013 12:22 pm
    That would fall under option conclusion number 1. Some jobs get a lot of applicants, some jobs do not. It is all about the demand for that position and the number of people available to fill it.
  3. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - January 25, 2013 9:01 am
    If unemployment data that has NOT been seasonally adjusted is going to be presented, at least show some comparison such as year over year. Especially since most people and organizations utilize BLS seasonally adjusted data.

    For comparison purposes, Chippewa CO unemployment for the month of December was 6.9% in 2011 and 6.7% in 2012.

    Dunn County unemployment for the month of December was 5.5% in 2011 and 5.1% in 2012.

    Hope this helps.
  4. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - January 25, 2013 8:54 am
    Here is the link to the data, http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/dalaus.aspx?menuselection=da

    This data is not seasonally adjusted, and seasonal labor likely contributed to the higher unemployment levels. Without being seasonally adjusted, this data has very limited relevance.
  5. EC-Reader
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    EC-Reader - January 25, 2013 8:39 am
    There is a 4th option. Other candidates interview better than you do. It is an employers market. Loads and loads of applicants when I post positions. I don't have to settle for good enough employees.
  6. doesthatwork4u
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    doesthatwork4u - January 24, 2013 5:32 pm
    Do ya think it MIGHT be that some employment like ROOFER, Siding installers, concrete workers, road construction, etc. are WEATHER dependent and with the WINTER months don't find many working in those fields? Don't be shocked when "seasonal" employees like store hires are added for January figures.
    The BLAME is a foolish exercise - seasonal work stops in winter. Just like the "new home building starts" increased; REALLY? Could a hurricane and following FLOODS have anything to do with that - it isn't better LOCALLY.
  7. redfromwi
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    redfromwi - January 24, 2013 5:12 pm
    Lts not forget that employers want an educated workforce, and most do not or are not willing to pay a decent wage. If you spent $50,000 to get your education, you need to repay the bank for the money you borrowed, earning $7.25 to $7.75 per hour dont fill the need of the person needing work.
    Lets not forget there are very few employers out there who are willing to TRAIN the new employee, you must be able to hit the floor running and hope you know just what the boss wants done and how to do it.
  8. hammspsp
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    hammspsp - January 24, 2013 12:16 pm
    It all depends on what you think your knowledge is worth. I have a couple friends who haven't been able to find a job, because they think their knowledge is worth a lot more than it actually is. The funny thing about knowledge is it is only worth what someone is willing to pay you for it and the value changes constantly. What was worth millions ten years ago can be worth $5 today. Since you haven't been able to find a job in two years, I am lead to one of three conclusions. 1. It is in a major that does not have demand for it. 2. You want more money then it is currently worth and the longer you are out of work the lower your value goes. 3. You have an in demand degree, but not in demand for this area.
  9. scorpioblue
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    scorpioblue - January 24, 2013 9:20 am
    Wisconsin's moto is supposed to be forward Wisconsin, but the things that we have seen in the past 5 years or so is BACKWARDS. Wisconsin is loosing valuable companies and jobs, and in return people are being put on unemployment (which you have to really fight hard to get in most cases) and unemployment is starting to remind me of welfare. As far as we have come since President Clinton reforming the welfare program it seems to me it is all being undone. As far as those with higher education getting jobs I have a Bachelor's degree and I have been unable to find a job for two years with that degree. No one wants to pay the people who are educated for there knowledge, and most employers from what I see are paying employees poorly and skimping on benefits because the economy allows them to do so and people will take this crap all in the name of having a job.
  10. hammspsp
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    hammspsp - January 24, 2013 8:43 am
    You can't help people if there isn't a position for them to take. The issue with Wisconsin is overall there is a small percentage of people with college educations as many leave the state for opportunities in larger cities that pay more money. The recovery nationwide is favoring those with at least a bachelor's degree. The national trend shows that people with a high education or less are actually losing jobs while those with a bachelor degree or more are the ones being hired. Those with associates degrees are stuck in the middle with little to no hiring. The point being Wisconsin has a high percentage of non college graduates, which is leading to few people being qualified for positions available. The place I work has been hiring 5-10 new people every month, over the last 6 months all have been transplants from different states since they weren't able to find any qualified applicants in the area.
  11. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - January 24, 2013 8:07 am
    There must be more incentive for business to stay here. I know that not all business can flourish, some will go and some will start. But here, it seems like there is more and more going. This all can't be blamed on health care mandate, there must be more to the problem.
  12. redfromwi
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    redfromwi - January 24, 2013 12:53 am
    I would say its a sign of the times, more and more companys going out of business, some shutting down and moving out of Wis.
    Was announced today another 150+ people being laid off in a couple of months by Lifenet.
    it is also my understanding that in March, all but 4 employees who work in the restaraunt at the DJ's mart in Cadott will be let go after the switch from a family style restaraunt to a deli style restaraunt. (good luck with that, its already been heard in Cadott and no ones happy about it)( but the owners always knows what there doing, right)
    Gov Walker is still comming up way short on his 250,000 jobs, number of actual jobs created is very hazey at best, and it is my understanding for every 1 job the govener has helped produce there are 4 jobs lost in the private sector.
    We have not hit rock bottom here in Wis. but when it happens and it will, I truley belive all h*** will break loose and the mob at the capital in Madison back in 2011 will look like a sunday school gathering
  13. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - January 23, 2013 3:44 pm
    Too busy to look myself, is this seasonally adjusted rates?
  14. petergriffin
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    petergriffin - January 23, 2013 2:43 pm
    Maybe if they actually put A LITTLE effort into helping those on unemployment find a job, this wouldn't even be a discussion.... gotta love the government
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