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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 sou ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Senior Administrator

Blackhawk Technical College

Affiliations

Board Member
Wisconsin Rural Partners Inc

Board Member
Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce

Board Member
The Gathering Place

Executive Director
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Education

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Within the local area, Janesville posted ...

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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.

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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 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.


"I was very surprised by those ...

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"I was very surprised by those numbers," said Bob Borremans, executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

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The unemployment rate, however, is just one factor in an area's overall employment equation, Borremans said.
...
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.
...
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.


Barring a drastic change in December's ...

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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 said.
That doesn't mean things have returned to pre-recession levels, Borremans cautioned.
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 said.
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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 said.
A possible exception, he said, is the looming fiscal cliff.
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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.
Borremans 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. Borremans said 94 percent of dislocated workers who got jobs this past year continue to work at those jobs.


"I thought it would have turned ...

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"I thought it would have turned around before now," said Robert Borremans, executive director of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.

Poised to recover
But Borremans, 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.
He 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 said.


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

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