Job recovery in sight?

(WEAU) - "You can say were either halfway in this recession which is bad news or were halfway out of this recession right now which is good news," said David Schaffer, UW-Eau Claire Economics professor.

Job report, after job report, after job report, but which one do you trust?

"While the number of people looking for jobs has been going down, some of it is they found jobs which is great and some of it is they've given up looking which is not so great," said Schaffer.

21-year old Samantha Fransway says she is struggling to find a job and has friends between 25 and 54 who are struggling as well.

“It's hard for them to get jobs and things like that because once you pay for gas or pay for all your bills, you don't have anything, you know there's barely enough to scrounge and get food on the table," said Samantha Fransway.

But a spokesperson from the job center in Eau Claire County stops short of saying the federal figure translates on a local level.

"The national numbers can often skew local numbers because they kind of trump everything," said Dan Lytle, Wisconsin Job Workforce.

Lytle says that the Wisconsin Job Center has had about 500 job postings in the last 30 days, but most of those jobs are only asking for about minimum wage.

Even though the figures show that things are slowly improving, the job center says they also include people who are settling for jobs that aren't ideal for them.

"There are a lot of jobs here but we have to understand what is our makeup in our labor market and it’s a lot of retail jobs and a lot of customer service jobs," said Lytle.


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  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    money goes a lot farther when you don't feel the need to have a smart phone, internet, cigarettes and beer. you can live on minimum wage.
  • by kim on May 31, 2012 at 08:55 AM
    I wonder what kids will say about their parents 20 years from now. Now a days there are plenty of people who say their parents worked 2-3 jobs and did everything they could to make a good living. Now there's people who sit on unemployment looking for the perfect job instead of taking something and doing the best they can. It just bothers me when people say there's no jobs. There are jobs but people choose to be picky. What's wrong with taking what's available and go from there. Five years ago my husband lost his 22.50/hr job. He then worked at culvers for a year. Did he like it? No. But it was a job and put money in his pocket. Now he's back to making 17.50. Because he worked hard and was able to find a new job in a different profession. Our kids will be able to tell their friends that their dad is a hard worker and put his best into any job he may have. No matter what the wage was.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    “It's hard for them to get jobs and things like that because once you pay for gas or pay for all your bills, you don't have anything, you know there's barely enough to scrounge and get food on the table," said Samantha Fransway. Isn't that WHY they need jobs?
  • by Sherri Location: Menomonie on May 31, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    Sometimes you need to take a minimum wage job to put food on the table. It sucks and you may have to work 2 jobs but you do what you have to survive.
  • by Backwards Location: WI on May 31, 2012 at 05:12 AM
    Under Walker: Most new jobs paying mimimum wage! Recall Walker
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 09:57 AM in reply to Backwards
      Per whom?
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 10:23 AM in reply to Backwards
      So if we get rid of all minimum wage jobs who is going to flip your burgers? They could pay more than minimum wage but then the cost of the product would go up. Some jobs need to be done and aren't going to make you rich it's what you want out of life and what you set your goals at.
  • by Bob H on May 31, 2012 at 02:58 AM
    maybe Barrett and the teachers union boycott of 100s of Wisconsin employers is finally losing traction.
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
    The number of people working isn't as important as the number of hours they're working.
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 06:20 AM in reply to Anonymous
      or the quality of thier benefit package plus salary. You can "create" all the fast food jobs you want but they won't feed a family, won't help our housing market, won't help with the tax base. These type of jobs are actualy a drag on the society as such workers qualify for too many social programs, plus the jobs themselves provide little of value to general society as a whole. WE need to seperate jobnumbers by the quality of jobs created, those numbers ould be telling.
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        by mj on May 31, 2012 at 08:10 AM in reply to
        Are you saying that any job below executive or management are of little value to society? Anyone without college is a burden? The next time you need repairs on something, seek out only a phd and see how many you get!
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          by anon on May 31, 2012 at 09:49 AM in reply to mj
          No. Only you are saying that. Plumbers, electricians, construction, etc. are all good jobs that no one disputes are valuable. Career, lifelong jobs that provide stability for families is the goal. "Job creation" of sub standard, minimum wage is of very little value.
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 at 07:15 PM
    Thank you mr. Obama.
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to
      Thank you mr. Walker.
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        by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 10:04 AM in reply to
        For what? Making wisconsin number 50 out of 50 state in creating new jobs. Causing a civil war between the people this state. Making wisconsin a national joke. I guess, thank you mr. Walker.
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