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"I was very surprised by those ...
"I was very surprised by those numbers," said Bob Borremans, executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.
The unemployment rate, however, is just one factor in an area's overall employment equation, Borremans
Put that all together and the bottom line in Rock County
is that fewer people are working at fewer jobs, Borremans
"I think there are still people who are frustrated and not actively looking for work and therefore not counted in official unemployment numbers," he
"The fact is that the labor force has dropped, and when you compare that number now to a few years ago, you see that there are fewer people looking for work.
"I think it's more a reflection of people not actively looking for work than a sign of any remarkable recovery."
doesn't dismiss positive movement in the local unemployment rate
"There are signs that things are picking up, that more jobs are being created locally," he
More than halfway through the fourth quarter, that activity continues, Borremans said, noting that businesses still are using the Rock County Job Center for recruitment events and job interviews.
"That's a positive," he
"I think we're heading in the right direction, but nowhere near the dramatic shift indicated in the unemployment rate."
would not be surprised to see short-term increases in the local unemployment rate.
suspects the October number was driven down by people holding off on job searches while elections played out.
Barring a drastic change in December's ...
Barring a drastic change in December's figures, it looks as though the area will finish the year with its lowest unemployment figure since 2008, said Bob Borremans, CEO of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.
"Conditions are getting better.
I'm pretty optimistic that things will continue to get better going into 2013," Borremans
That doesn't mean things have returned to pre-recession levels, Borremans
One cautionary statistic is the number of people with jobs.
In Janesville in November 2008, 30,658 people were employed, and the unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, Borremans
sees more people returning to the workforce and employment increases in certain sectors, including health care and manufacturing.
"Those are all very, very positive signs that things are beginning to turn around and beginning to improve, and I see nothing that would change that," Borremans
A possible exception, he
said, is the looming fiscal cliff.
In fact, Borremans
said, dislocated workers who use the Rock County Job Center
and returned to work between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, are making an average $16,786 more per year than they did when they were laid off.
said that figure amazed him, but he
said it comes from the state Department of Workforce Development, based on wage records reported to the federal unemployment benefits system.
People's confidence that they will continue to be employed might also be improving.
said 94 percent of dislocated workers who got jobs this past year continue to work at those jobs.
"I thought it would have turned ...
"I thought it would have turned around before now," said Robert Borremans, executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.
Poised to recover
, who has spent more than 30 years working on job development and technical education in the area, believes Rock County
is poised for a solid economic future.
and others point to strengths, such as food processing and the potential for a medical-technology cluster.
"I believe that when the economy picks up, Rock County
is positioned to take advantage of some things," he
Dr. Robert T. Borremans, Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
SWWDB News & Press
Dr. Robert "Bob" Borremans, CEO of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB), has announced his retirement effective the end of August, 2014.
Bob has served in this leadership role for the past 11 years.
The committee heard from the following speakers: Ruben Anthony, Jr., Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation; Dr. Robert Borremans, Executive Director, Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. (Time: 75 minutes)
The Special Committee on Building Wisconsin's Workforce, chaired by Representative Patricia Strachota, met on Tuesday, September 23, 2008, on the following: Presentations by invited speakers, including John Keckhaver, Research Analyst, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families; Jim Golembeski, Executive Director, Bay Area Workforce Development Board; and Robert Borremans, Executive Director, Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.