Unemployment rates drop in Eau Claire, Chippewa counties

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

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

More News

STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER
Osseo
25°
Menomonie
Chetek
25°
Durand
Ladysmith
27°
Neillsville
30°
Rice Lake
24°
New Richmond
27°
Black River Falls
Medford
River Falls
28°
Duluth
20°
Green Bay
32°
La Crosse
29°
Madison
31°
Milwaukee
34°
Twin Cities
26°
Weather Outlook: Snow tonight, but decent conditions return for hunting this weekend

Weather Outlook: Snow tonight, but decent conditions return for hunting this weekend

Fresh snow ahead for hunters heading into the woods Saturday.

Connect With WQOW
Top Stories

UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29,

NEW: Missing Mondovi man found dead Wednesday afternoon

According to Mondovi Police Chief Colin Severson, the department is looking or Nathan D. Kummer who was reported missing by

UPDATE: Gas leak contained in Boyd

Boyd's fire chief told News 18 crews were digging up a leaking water line at Double D's Saloon and workers

Sex offender faces new charges in Eau Claire

A convicted sex offender living in Eau Claire is charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a

UPDATE: Middleton shooter was employee of business where he opened fire

The Middlelton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter.

Scroll to top
Skip to content