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Robert T. Borremans

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Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board

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Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board

1370 N. Water St.

Platteville, Wisconsin,53818

United States

Company Description

The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) is one of Wisconsin's eleven regional boards established by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). SWWDB is responsible for the planning and oversight of the workforce system in southwes... more.

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Employment History

Senior Administrator

Blackhawk Technical College


Affiliations

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Executive Director


Wisconsin Rural Partners Inc

Board Member


Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce

Board Member


The Gathering Place

Board Member


Education

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Dr. Robert Borremans - Board Member (CEO; Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board)


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Within the local area, Janesville posted an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, while Beloit was at 9.2 percent, the sixth- and second-highest ranked cities in the state, respectively. The local area's rate, however, is down from the 7.9 percent posted in September and a significant improvement over October 2011, when the area unemployment rate was 8.4 percent. "I was very surprised by those numbers," said Bob Borremans, executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.
"Things are improving locally, but have they improved to the level indicated by that number? I'm not ready to say that." This year opened with local unemployment above 9 percent. Ever since, the state has reported lower rates that could be considered the start of a trend. The unemployment rate, however, is just one factor in an area's overall employment equation, Borremans said. At its most basic level, it is the number of jobless people expressed as a percentage of the total labor force. When it drops, it's a common misconception that the overall employment picture must be getting better. That assumes, however, that the area's labor pool—the number of people working or looking for work—is unchanged. In the Janesville area, the labor force has decreased every year since 2006. Since October 2008—the last time the local unemployment rate was below 7 percent—the labor force has dropped by 6.1 percent while the number of people employed declined by 7.3 percent. Put that all together and the bottom line in Rock County is that fewer people are working at fewer jobs, Borremans said. "I think there are still people who are frustrated and not actively looking for work and therefore not counted in official unemployment numbers," he said. "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." Still, Borremans 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 said. The state reported that Rock County added 900 jobs between September and October. Borremans' organization collects jobs data for Rock, Green, Lafayette, Iowa, Richland and Grant counties. For the first nine months of this year, job postings are nearly 79 percent ahead of those in the first three quarters of 2011, according to data provider WANTED Analytics. For the second and third quarters of this year, nearly 70 percent of those postings came from Rock County employers. 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 said. "I think we're heading in the right direction, but nowhere near the dramatic shift indicated in the unemployment rate." Borremans said he would not be surprised to see short-term increases in the local unemployment rate. He suspects the October number was driven down by people holding off on job searches while elections played out. The state also reported last week that unemployment rates improved in nearly every statistical area, city and county in Wisconsin. That was true for Rock County's neighbors. Walworth County's rate improved to 5.7 percent, while Jefferson County's dropped to 5.8 percent, Green County's declined to 5 percent and Dane County's dipped to 4 percent. WHAT IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE? At its most basic level, an area's unemployment rate is the number of jobless people expressed as a percentage of the total labor force. Each month, it's calculated for a variety of geographic areas, including Metropolitan Statistical Areas such as Janesville. Within the local area, Janesville posted an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, while Beloit was at 9.2 percent, the sixth- and second-highest ranked cities in the state, respectively. The local area's rate, however, is down from the 7.9 percent posted in September and a significant improvement over October 2011, when the area unemployment rate was 8.4 percent. "I was very surprised by those numbers," said Bob Borremans, executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. "Things are improving locally, but have they improved to the level indicated by that number? I'm not ready to say that." This year opened with local unemployment above 9 percent. Ever since, the state has reported lower rates that could be considered the start of a trend. The unemployment rate, however, is just one factor in an area's overall employment equation, Borremans said. At its most basic level, it is the number of jobless people expressed as a percentage of the total labor force. When it drops, it's a common misconception that the overall employment picture must be getting better. That assumes, however, that the area's labor poolâ€"the number of people working or looking for workâ€"is unchanged. In the Janesville area, the labor force has decreased every year since 2006. Since October 2008â€"the last time the local unemployment rate was below 7 percentâ€"the labor force has dropped by 6.1 percent while the number of people employed declined by 7.3 percent. Put that all together and the bottom line in Rock County is that fewer people are working at fewer jobs, Borremans said. "I think there are still people who are frustrated and not actively looking for work and therefore not counted in official unemployment numbers," he said. "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." Still, Borremans 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 said. The state reported that Rock County added 900 jobs between September and October. Borremans' organization collects jobs data for Rock, Green, Lafayette, Iowa, Richland and Grant counties. For the first nine months of this year, job postings are nearly 79 percent ahead of those in the first three quarters of 2011, according to data provider WANTED Analytics. For the second and third quarters of this year, nearly 70 percent of those postings came from Rock County employers. 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 said. "I think we're heading in the right direction, but nowhere near the dramatic shift indicated in the unemployment rate." Borremans said he would not be surprised to see short-term increases in the local unemployment rate. He suspects the October number was driven down by people holding off on job searches while elections played out. The state also reported last week that unemployment rates improved in nearly every statistical area, city and county in Wisconsin. That was true for Rock County's neighbors. Walworth County's rate improved to 5.7 percent, while Jefferson County's dropped to 5.8 percent, Green County's declined to 5 percent and Dane County's dipped to 4 percent. WHAT IS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE? At its most basic level, an area's unemployment rate is the number of jobless people expressed as a percentage of the total labor force. Each month, it's calculated for a variety of geographic areas, including Metropolitan Statistical Areas such as Janesville.


SWWDB Sponsors

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Dr. Robert T. Borremans, Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board


SWWDB

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Click Here for Information on "The Grow Wisconsin Dairy Producer Grants" Rhonda Suda to replace retiring Dr. Robert Borremans as SWWDB's CEO.
PLATTEVILLE - 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. Bob has created an efficient and valuable staff and delivered positive results throughout his career with us. Bob has built an infrastructure that will withstand this transition; the sign of a true leader."


SWWDB Contact

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Dr. Robert Borremans
Dr. Robert T. Borremans, Ed.D. Executive Director SWWDB 1370 N. Water Street P.O. Box 656 Platteville, WI 53818-0656 Phone: (608) 342-4220, Ext. 222 Fax: (608) 342-4429


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