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Unemployment After COVID-19

On May 27th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary April 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s April rate was estimated at 17.8%,

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Wisconsin Establishes $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will establish a $75 million grant fund to help businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Tony Evers’ announced the program, entitled We’re All In, in a press release distributed Monday morning, May 18, 2020.

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COVID-19 and Small Business Assistance

The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to negatively impact business and industry. In Wisconsin, it is a rapidly-changing landscape, given restrictions on public and private mass gatherings of ten (10) or more people as well as the mandatory 5:00 p.m. closure of bars and restaurants (except for take-out orders), school closures, and the strong encouragement of remote working, etc. These are dramatic steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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2019 Traveler Spending Up

2019 traveler spending in St. Croix County increased to $119.6 million (up +1.6% from 2018) according to an annual analysis released May 4th by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The 2019 traveler spending in St. Croix resulted in total business sales of

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March 2020 Unemployment

On April 22nd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary March 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents.

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February 2020 Unemployment

On April 1st, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary February 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s February rate was estimated at 4.8%,

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FFCRA Leaves

On Tuesday, March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leaves available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020.

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Safer at Home Order

Gov. Tony Evers today, March 24, 2020, directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order.

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Job Center

As a result of sudden lay-offs and business closures because of COVID-19, individuals may be faced with reality of new employment. The Job Center of Wisconsin is a good option to consider, starting with the website

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WEDC Releases Guide

On March 23rd, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) released an informative document entitled, “Navigating through COVID-19 in Wisconsin,” a guide for small businesses and the community organizations serving them.

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January 2020 Unemployment

On March18th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary January 2020 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 34 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s January rate was estimated at 4.8%.

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St. Croix EDC Honors 2019’s Top Businesses

On February 20th, St. Croix EDC honored its 2019 business of the year winners at a banquet hosted by Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls, Wisconsin. The 2019 honorees included Gallery 77 Stone (City of Hudson; ‘Emerging Business of the Year’); Catalyst Sports Medicine (City of Hudson; ‘Small Business of the Year’); and partner companies TurnKey Corrections and Three Square Market (City of River Falls; ‘Business of the Year’). S. Mark Tyler received the EDC Directors Award, an occasional award presented to an individual or organization in honor of contributions to economic development through innovative actions, making St. Croix County a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

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December 2019 Unemployment

On January 29th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary December 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s December rate was estimated at 2.6%.

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Top Businesses/Individual for 2019 Named

Scott Jones, president of St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC), announced the EDC’s selection of Gallery 77 Stone (City of Hudson), Catalyst Sports Medicine (City of Hudson), and Three Square Market – TurnKey Corrections (City of River Falls) as recipients of the 2019 Business of the Year awards in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Mr. S. Mark Tyler (Woodville) is the recipient of the EDC Directors Award, an occasional award presented

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November 2019 Unemployment

On December 27th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary November 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s November rate was estimated at 3.0%.

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October 2019 Unemployment

St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.6%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in September was 2.7% and August’s final rate was 2.9%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.3%.

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September 2019 Unemployment

On October 23rd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary September 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.7%.

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