A patron walks into the ALDI
store near the hiring sign on Tuesday afternoon in
John Ehlke/Daily News
a drive in Washington County and you’ll see several “now
hiring” signs, banners and billboards in front of area
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
The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March
was 5.5 percent, according to the Wisconsin Workforce
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
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.
Sue Schoedel, owner of Key Logo, said business is
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
“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
She said this time of year is the busiest.
“We rarely don’t have any positions open,” Mallas said.