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'Diverse' economy keeps county unemployment rate low

'Diverse' economy keeps county unemployment rate low

LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) - The percentage of unemployed Americans is the lowest it's been in nearly 6 years.

The U.S. Labor Department said 6.3 percent of people in the nation are unemployed and in La Crosse County we're doing even better at 5.5 percent.

The ways to search for a job have changed.

"I would definitely look into social media," Tina Severson, business development manager at Manpower in La Crosse, said. "Utilize your Facebook, utilize your LinkedIn, even Craigslist. There's several different ways people are advertising and how they're finding jobs in our area."

In the Coulee Region though, job seekers continue to find work.

"We have more diversity with our health care, with our three educational institutions of higher learning, with some business services and some other opportunities along those lines," Bill Buckmiller with the Department of Workforce Development said.

Having that diversity in La Crosse County means the local economy doesn't rely on a specific industry, "so if a certain sector gets hit, we're able to recover a little better with the other sectors," Buckmiller said. This keeps the county consistently below the national and state unemployment rates.

Experts say education and health care are the sectors creating the most job opportunities in the Coulee Region currently and they want potential employees to know that doesn't mean you have to be a teacher or a doctor to get a job.

"We think of Gundersen and Franciscan needing doctors and nurses, but they need maintenance and janitorial and administrative and record keepers," Buckmiller said.

The Department of Workforce Development said that business services and manufacturing are also on the rise in the Coulee Region.

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