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Langlade County Continues To Be A Strong Site For Job Opportunities In North

May 26, 2012

Antigo Daily Journal

Antigo Daily Journal

Langlade County continues to outpace its northwoods counterparts in employment opportunities.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, the county posted a jobless rate of 8.8 percent in April, compared to 9.9 percent in March and 10.2 percent one year ago.

While not stellar, those numbers are far better than in surrounding counties, including Ashland, 8.9 percent; Forest, 9.5 percent; Oneida, 9.6 percent; Lincoln, 10.1 percent; Vilas, 11.3 percent; and Iron, 12.8 percent.

Shawano outpaced Langlade at 7.6 percent unemployment, down from 8.9 percent in March.

Eric Fuller of Ace Equipment Company, which manufactures industrial compactors, said opportunities continue to improve in the northwoods. His business has been growing and is now located in a expansive facility on Cherry Road that was once home to Gallenberg Equipment.

“This are looking good in Langlade County,” Fuller said. “We’re looking for employees.”

The highest unemployment rate in April was in Menominee County at 15.9 percent. Lowest was Dane County, home to the state capital, at 4.4 percent.

Across the state, unemployment rates dropped in most counties and largest cities last month.

“Compared to a year ago, unemployment rates are lower in every county, all metro areas and all major cities except Brookfield, where the rate is unchanged,” Reggie Newsom, the department’s secretary, said. “ More people are working and we expect more people to gain employment in the weeks and months ahead.”

The department’s numbers show that 30 of the state’s 32 largest cities saw unemployment rate decreases between March and April, with Mount Pleasant experiencing a slight increase from 9 percent to 9.1 percent and Brookfield unchanged.

Racine had the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 percent, while Caledonia had the lowest at 3.4 percent.

Every county’s unemployment dropped except Iron County, where the rate increased from 12.7 percent to 12.8 percent.

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