By Terry Kovarik
Door County, like other Wisconsin counties, faces the double challenge of finding people to fill entry-level jobs as well as skilled positions. Manufacturers have a limited pool of potential skilled employees while many entry-level workers are limited in their efforts to move up. They’re referred to as “ALICE” employees or the “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed”. These full-time workers are just barely getting by. A 2014 United Way study says that includes 33-percent of Door County employees. Jim Golembeski of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board says one of his clients illustrates the challenges all employers and workers face.
The United Way’s “ALICE” survey finds that about 42-percent of Wisconsin workers wages are below the cost of basic necessities.