Unemployment rates drop in Eau Claire, Chippewa counties

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire County and Chippewa County unemployment rates have dropped last year, according to new numbers out Wednesday.

According to data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Eau Claire County’s unemployment rate dropped .03 percent from September 2017 to September 2018. In that same time frame, Chippewa County’s unemployment rate dropped .05 percent.

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) said preliminary September 2018 unemployment rates declined since last year in 71 of 72 Wisconsin counties. News 18 spoke with several local businesses at the CVTC Fall Career Fair, and many said the same thing. The unemployment rate has made hiring difficult.

“With the unemployment rate being so low, there’s not very many people to choose from,” said Tiffany Vold of Festival Foods. “And Festival being as picky and high caliber that we are, finding the right person for the right position has just been extremely difficult for us.”

Vold said everywhere she goes, businesses have hiring signs up, waiting for a bite.

The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a summit next Monday for local employers who are having a hard time hiring workers. The event is designed to help employers retain and attract employees. It’s at the Pablo Center downtown and starts at 7:30 a.m. For more information, see here.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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