Gov. Walker visits Eau Claire, announces jobs plan

By: WEAU Staff
By: WEAU Staff

Governor Scott Walker says he has a plan to help put people back to work in Wisconsin.

"They may have the work ethic, they may have the willingness to do a good job, but they don't have the specific skills to meet those jobs," said Walker at a jobs event at Phillips Plastics in Eau Claire.

The first phase of the governor's plan focuses on giving people the resources to help land a job.

"The Department of Workforce Development is going to double the number of job fairs we have to connect people with employers who have job openings," Walker said.

He says that would increase the number of job fairs to 100 statewide this year. Lieutenant Governor Rebeccah Kleefisch says there are many jobs available everyday on the state's job website, JobCenterofWisconsin.com

"We have between 29,000 to 35,000 open jobs right here in the state of Wisconsin," said Kleefisch in referrence to the website.

Walker says his plan focuses on the unemployed but also will help students. He wants to create more low cost degrees and make transitioning between schools easier.

The plan also focuses on Veterans. Walker says 3,000 veterans will be contacted about available jobs. Employers will be informed about the benefits of hiring veterans.

While the plan covers a lot of bases, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout says the plan is not complete.

"We've lost jobs 5 months in a row, almost 35,000 since the budget was signed, and I think the plan doesn't go far enough," Vinehout said of the plan.

But Walker says the state is moving forward. And this plan will help keep things on track.

"We went from a net loss of 150,000 jobs to a net increase of jobs across the state," Walker added.

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(WEAU) - Governor Scott Walker traveled to Eau Claire Tuesday to discuss the first phase of his "Wisconsin Working" agenda.

He says the plan contains a number of long-term strategies to assist both job seekers and employers.

Walker made his announcement at Phillips Plastics this afternoon.

He's on a tour of the state to announce the plan.

Monday in Pulaski, the governor said the first part of the plan will zero in on job fairs, adding more of them.

Another part of the plan hopes to jump start jobs for military veterans.

Walker says he's also working on plans to make certain higher education program cheaper so people can more easily afford a higher level of schooling.

WEAU 13 News will be at Tuesday's announcement in Eau Claire.

Watch for more details on later newscasts and here on WEAU.com.


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