There are jobs out there

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

April 23, 2015

A patron walks into the ALDI store near the hiring sign on Tuesday afternoon in West Bend.   
John Ehlke/Daily News 

Take a drive in Washington County and you’ll see several “now hiring” signs, banners and billboards in front of area businesses.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in February and down from 5.6 percent last year.

Washington County’s unemployment rate for February was 4.5 percent.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 5.5 percent, according to the Wisconsin Workforce Development.

Carrie Gahan, branch team leader for SEEK in West Bend, said they’re seeing more employment opportunities.

“We have experienced this for three months now,” Gahan said.

SEEK is one of the largest full-service staffing agencies in Wisconsin.

She said SEEK, 2311 W. Washington St., has more than 100 openings in positions that range from temp to hire to direct hire in manufacturing and office and clerical work. She said the wage range is $9-$25 an hour.

SEEK is partnering with Key Logo Inc., 935 W. State St., Hartford, to host a job fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

Sue Schoedel, owner of Key Logo, said business is growing.

She said SEEK conducts the interviews and processes applications and usually hire SEEK’s employees after they’ve been with SEEK for awhile.

Gahan said their peak is normally August through October, but for the last two years there has been an employment boom in Washington County in the spring.

“I think it’s just job growth,” Gahan said.

She said companies in the county are hurting to find people.

“We have more orders than people,” Gahan said.

Zach Amerling, human resource for Daco Precision Tool in Kewaskum, said it’s hard to find good people.

“Most are already working. It’s hard to pull them away from their current jobs,” Amerling said.

Daco has a help wanted sign in front of their business on Highway 45. He said they are looking to fill a shipping and receiving position.

Amerling said they’re looking for help because they have more work right now and there is a need for more help.

Dunkin’ Donuts will open in Hartford on East Sumner Street and will bring more jobs to the area.

Robert Wisniewski, director of operations for Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co., a franchisee of Dunkin’ Donuts, said they will be hiring 20-25 people.

“We’re looking to start hiring the first or second week of May,” Wisniewski said.

He said they are looking to fill all positions from managers to crew and even when staff is in place they are always looking to hire more.

Wisniewski said Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co. is developing 25 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Wisconsin.

He said Hartford was chosen as a location because there is a demand for Dunkin’ Donuts and the community was asking for it.

Moraine Park Technical College has a large billboard on Washington Street in West Bend letting residents know they are hiring.

Krista Mallas, human resources assistant for MPTC, said they are looking for an information technology specialist and temporary positions on the West Bend campus.

She said this time of year is the busiest.

“We rarely don’t have any positions open,” Mallas said.