Local School Recognized During Apprenticeship Week

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Local School Recognized During Apprenticeship Week

St. Croix EDC helped recognize the important contributions of local schools and businesses during National Apprenticeship Week, November 13-19, 2023, with a stop at Baldwin-Woodville High School.  St. Croix EDC presented the school with a proclamation to highlight their role in hosting, training, and mentoring apprentices.

Apprenticeships are a proven model that provides training and a built-in pipeline for workers to secure solid careers across the nation and in the St. Croix Valley. They give employers the opportunity to develop and train their future workforce and apprentices earn wages while they learn.

Youth Apprenticeships integrate school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills. Registered apprenticeships are a post-secondary education, like a college or university. Registered apprentices learn only a portion of their skills in a traditional classroom and receive most of their training on-the-job working for a local employer.

For more information on prospective youth or registered apprenticeships, businesses are asked to contact their respective school district or technical college.

St. Croix EDC Seeks New Executive Director

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St. Croix EDC Seeks New Executive Director

The search is on for a new executive director following the retirement of longtime Executive Director Bill Rubin. Could that be YOU? Or, do you know someone who could take the organization and St. Croix County to new heights? Go to www.thenextmovegroup.com/stcroix to see the requirements and to start the application process. Deadline to apply is Friday December 1, 2023.

St. Croix EDC Seeks Nominations for 2023 Business of the Year

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St. Croix EDC Seeks Nominations for 2023 Business of the Year

St. Croix EDC is accepting nominations for its 2023 Business of the Year awards program.

Categories include:
-Emerging Business of the Year (a start-up business that has operated in St. Croix County for five or fewer years, 2019-2023);
-Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees); and
-Business of the Year (30 or more employees)

Qualifying companies must be involved in manufacturing, distribution, construction, health care, or must be a service provider to other companies. Companies must be operated for profit. Retail companies are not eligible.

Individuals may nominate a company in any of the categories or a business may place their company’s name in nomination.

Criteria include:
Recent Noteworthy Accomplishments:
i.e. milestone anniversary, physical plant expansion, new product line, increases in employment, sales increases, pollution control advances, new training programs, export sales, or any other significant advances.

Contributions to Enhance the Community:
Contributions to community projects, service to area youth, education programs, and other efforts to increase the quality of life in the area.

The honorees will be announced in January and recognized at an event in February. The location and date of the event is yet to be determined.

An interactive form and guidelines can be obtained by clicking here. A printable nomination form and guidelines can be obtained by clicking here or by contacting Nita Dusek at nita@stcroixedc.com or (715) 690-2110. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 15, 2023 at the close of business.

September 2023 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s September Unemployment Rate is 3.3%

On October 25th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary September 2023 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 35 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s September rate was estimated at 3.3%, which is lower than August’s final rate of 3.8% and higher July’s final rate of 3.2%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.7%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates from August to September decreased in 71 counties and was unchanged in one. Year-over-year, rates decreased in one of 72 counties. Current rates range from 2.3% in Lafayette to 5.8% in Menominee.

The four counties with the lowest unemployment rates in September include Lafayette (2.3%), Door (2.6%), Green (2.6%), and Pepin (also at 2.6%). Menominee had the highest rate in September at 5.8%, followed by Iron (4.7%), Adams (4.4%), Forest (4.4%), Buffalo (4.2%) and Milwaukee (4.1%).

St. Croix, Pierce, and Polk counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 3.8%, September’s preliminary rate for both Polk and Pierce was 3.3%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The September 2023 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.7%, which is lower than August and July’s final rate of 3.2%. The unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was 2.3% in September of 2022.

Nearby Washington County in Minnesota reported a preliminary rate of 2.4% in September, while Dakota County, MN reported a rate of 2.5% and Chisago County, MN had a rate of 2.6%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in September was estimated at 2.9%, which is the same as August’s final rate of 2.9% and July’s final rate of 2.6%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.1%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Minnesota in September was estimated at 3.1%, which is the same as August’s final rate of 3.1% and higher than July’s final rate of 3.0%. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 2.2%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for September was estimated at 3.8%, which is the same as August’s final rate of 3.8% and higher than July’s final rate of 3.5%. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 3.3%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for September was estimated at 65.8%, which is higher than August’s final rate of 65.7% and July’s final rate of 65.5%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 64.7%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in September was estimated at 62.8%, which is e same as August and higher than the final rate of 62.6% for both July. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.3%.

September’s estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.