Local expert sees improving jobs market

Local expert sees improving jobs market

By Jon Byman. CREATED Sep 6, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 6, 2013

MILWAUKEE - National jobs numbers out Friday showed the unemployment rate held most steady in August.  While the economy is adding jobs, it's not enough to keep up with the amount of people looking for work.

But a local expert says what she's seeing in Wisconsin has been phenomenal for workers.  "It's really become more of an applicant driven market whereby the applicants have an opportunity to be a little picky about where they want to work," said Janet Johnson, with the HR firm the QTI Group.

Most of the change has happened over the last 12-18 months. 

"I think it's an incredibly positive trend.  It's really fun to be seeing this right now because for so long we have been in a dismal state.  Things are really very positive," Johnson said.

And she's seeing those positives across job classes, everything from skilled and unskilled manufacturing to support staff like I-T and accounting.

It means businesses may have to be more competitive to get staff.  Johnson says there are workers out there who are willing to make a change.  "But they're not going to do it for a temporary job.  So organizations are going to have to be willing to hire people with higher skill sets on a direct hire basis not on a temp to hire basis," Johnson said.

While that may be a challenge for business.  The trend is good, because of why it's happening.  "Businesses are robust, product is being delivered."