© 2022 WXPR
Mirror of the Northwoods. Window on the World.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local News
0000017b-185c-d2e5-a37b-5cff92510000Wisconsin State and Local Government Sources: Wisconsin Department of Health Services: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)Oneida County Health DepartmentVilas County Health DepartmentLincoln County Health DepartmentMarathon County Health Department Langlade County Health DepartmentWestern Upper Peninsula Health DepartmentForest County Health DepartmentFederal Government Sources:Centers for Disease Control (CDC)Risk Assessment PageSituation Summary PageState Department Travel AdvisoriesWorld Health Organization (WHO)WHO Question and Answer Page

North Central Wisconsin Economy Slowly Recovering from COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of Workforce Development

The economy in North Central Wisconsin is slowly recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

After unemployment peaked in April at 13.5 percent it finished the year at about 5.5 percent.

Mitchell Ropp is a regional economist for the Department of Workforce Development.

He says nothing has impacted the economy like the pandemic has.

“The impact was felt very quickly from this, but we also have recovered a good portion of what was hit relatively quickly overall. It’s definitely different in its nature,” said Ropp.

Ropp says some jobs will never return. Industries that had already been heading toward automation increased those efforts during the pandemic to reduce costs.

As the economy continues to recover, Ropp says we’ll still be faced with the same problems from before the pandemic.

“When the pandemic has subsided will still face the workforce conditions caused by the retiring of aging baby boomers. The primary long term challenges facing Wisconsin’s economic future remains workforce quantity,” said Ropp.

The leisure and hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic.

WXPR is talking with local business owners in that industry about what this last has been like.

Hear from them Wednesday during WXPR’s special report ‘Here for a Year: The Impact of COVID-19 on Our Lives.’

It airs at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on-air and online.

Related Content