Meet NWWIB's New Staff Member

Mary Lois Headshoot

The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) is pleased to announce it has hired Mary Lois Bolka to be their new Sector and Strategies Coordinator.

At the end of August, Mary Lois Bolka has taken on the role of Sector and Strategies Coordinator. As the Sector and Strategies Coordinator, Bolka is responsible developing workforce partnerships in critical industries identified in the NWWIB 2017-2020 Strategic Plan as well as marketing apprenticeship opportunities, On-the-Job Training Program, Incumbent Worker Training Program, and facilitating industry driven solutions and programs within northwest Wisconsin.

If interested in discussing your business’s workforce needs, please contact Mary Lois Bolka at 715-682-9141, ext. 118 or mbolka@nwwib.com.

 

REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT REPORT

July 2017 Unemployment Rates for Northwest Wisconsin (Workforce Development Area 7)  compared to the state unemployment average

July 2017 Unemployment Rates for Northwest Wisconsin (Workforce Development Area 7)  compared to the state unemployment average

July 2017 Unemployment Rates for the entire state of Wisconsin broken down into the 11 Workforce Development Areas.

July 2017 Unemployment Rates for the entire state of Wisconsin broken down into the 11 Workforce Development Areas.

Every month Thomas Michels, Labor Market Economist from the Office of Economic Advisors - Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, creates a report that provides insight into the unemployment rate for the 10 County region served by the NWWIB, also known as Workforce Development Area 7.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES: JULY 2017
(Numbers not seasonally adjusted)

NW WI: 3.9%
WI: 3.3%
US: 4.6%

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AREA 7:
Ashland: 4.5%
Bayfield: 4.3%
Burnett: 4.0%
Douglas: 4.1%
Iron: 5.5%
Price: 3.6%
Rusk: 3.8%
Sawyer: 3.9%
Taylor: 2.9%
Washburn: 3.5%

ON-THE-JOB TRAINING UPDATE

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The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity enables employers to grow their workforce by receiving a cash reimbursement--not a tax credit--to help offset the costs of bringing on a new employee or when upgrading the skills of a current employee. The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board and Northwest Wisconsin CEP are focusing their efforts on ensuring that OJT contracts are being used by employers in our region as a training tool. The information at right is for Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act OJT contracts written since July 1, 2017 thru September 7, 2017.

OJT ContractS: 5

Average Hourly Wage: $14.25

Average Reimbursement Rate: $7.13

Average Reimbursement Cost: $2,390.72

Training Hours: 340.10