GREEN BAY, WI The Green Bay metro area had a net gain of 2,100 jobs in May. That’s according preliminary survey data from the Department of Workforce Development. The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went up two-tenths of a percent, to 6.4% in May. Labor Market Analyst for the Fox Valley and Green Bay Jeff Sache says it’s normal to see a bump in the jobless rate during May because of an increase in the labor force. More than 1,400 people jumped into the summer workforce, mostly teens and college students starting to look for seasonal work. Local government led the job creation with an increase of 700 positions, which is a lot of landscaping, construction, and sign work. State government added 200 jobs. Leisure and hospitality hired around 500 people. Sachse says that seems down from normal, but expects to see better numbers in June. Manufacturing has been stagnant over the past few months, but durable goods manufacturing added around 300 positions. Construction added 400 positions and Sachse says that’s mostly due to road construction, improvements at Lambeau Field, downtown Green Bay redevelopments, and a small uptick in new home construction. “There is still a bit of uncertainty in the economy, as it relates to a number of industries within this area because they are demand driven, and we have not seen aggregate demand recover to a degree we have seen in the past.” The Green Bay metro area includes Brown Kewaunee, and Oconto counties.
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