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The demand for workers is high across the Northwoods.

“One company is registered they have over 20 openings. That’s just one company,” said Jenny Kowalczyk, employment and training specialist and TAA case coordinator with the Department of Workforce Development.

She said there are more than 50 companies registered for Wednesday’s virtual job fair.

“I know a couple companies have raised their minimum wage increase just to get the job seekers there. There definitely is a need for job seekers for our businesses in the Northwoods,” said Kowalczyk.

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People in the Rhinelander area can learn about employment opportunities at a drive-thru job fair next week.

The Northern Advantage Job Center regularly hosts in-person job fairs.

But it’s trying a drive-thru fair as a COVID-19 precaution.

“A lot of people are thinking that a lot of jobs aren’t hiring right now, but there are a ton of job openings right now, said Employment and Training Specialist Jenny Kowalczyk. “With unemployment rates so high, we are hoping that we will have a nice turnout.”

The fair will be next Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m.

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If you're looking for work, an upcoming job fair in Rhinelander will offer employers who need you.

Justin Tucker works with SER Jobs For Progress National and has an office at the Northern Advantage Job Center in downtown Rhinelander. That program works with low-income and unemployed seniors ages 55 and over.

Tucker says there's an opportunity for folks of all ages looking for work to talk to employers one-on-one...

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It's being billed as a Community Fair, but jobs will be the emphasis as the Northern Advantage Job Center in Rhinelander hosts the event Tuesday.

Several of the state's job centers are hosting similar events this week.

The Rhinelander Center's Employment and Training Specialist Jenny Kowalczyk says the fair will feature at least 11 area employers but is not the typical job fair...

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Economists often say when unemployment hits 4.0, the nation is at statistical full employment. After the release of the September jobless numbers, only 7 of Wisconsin's 72 counties are below the statistical  full employment level.

State Labor Economist Mitchell Rupp in Wausau looks at the Northwoods numbers...

"....Forest (county)is at 4.5..., Langlade is at 3.6...,Lincoln is at 3.1, Oneida is at 3.0, Vilas is at 3.4,...."

Price county is at 3.4 percent and Iron has the state's second-highest rate at 5.1.

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Last week the state released figures showing four of the 9 counties with the highest unemployment rates in Wisconsin were in this region. This week a Job Fair is being held in Rhinelander to possibly lower those rates.

The Job Fair is co-sponsored by Nicolet Area Technical College, Northern Advantage Job Center and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

One of the organizers is Angeline Kesler from Forward Service Corporation....

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Dec 4, 2013

A youth program in Rhinelander is hosting two free gift wrapping nights.  Young people who are turning to Forward Service Corporation for help finding jobs will be giving back to their community by wrapping presents for free.

Youth program coordinator Serena Adler says there are multiple benefits for the young gift wrappers.