By Tim Kowols
An unemployment rate of under three percent may be good for campaign ads, but it also adds to the pressure many employers are feeling filling job vacancies. According to The Capital Times, Wisconsin’s labor participation rate of 69 percent is outperforming the rest of the country by nearly seven points. It makes for a highly competitive labor market with employers doing everything they can to attract and retain quality employees. Culver’s Sturgeon Bay owner Austin Hildebrand says it has increased its wages and introduced new perks just to compete with other businesses dealing with the same issues.
Standing open interview times and special events like next weekend’s Manufacturing Day at the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park are just two ways local businesses are working harder than ever before to get more people applying and working.