Economy & Business

Project Milwaukee
10:08 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Manufacturing Jobs Lost Their Luster

Desert Aire worker puts in extra hours to push a product to customer.

While Wisconsin continues shaking off the recession, thousands of workers still don’t have jobs. Yet businesses, particularly manufacturers, report having a difficult time filling certain positions. Several people actively addressing the problem defined it from their perspective.

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Project Milwaukee
10:04 am
Mon October 29, 2012

When Jobs and Workers Went Hand in Hand

Workers at Falk Corporation in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley pose next to a large piece of industrial equipment. The company was established in 1894, and remains in the Valley today.
Credit Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

Many people are looking for work, while at the same time some employers say they can’t find skilled applicants to fill jobs. We’re reporting on the “skills gap” this week in our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

The disconnect between jobs and workers is a relatively new phenomenon in Milwaukee. During the city’s manufacturing heyday, from the late 1800s until the 1970s, there were thousands of jobs in the Menomonee Valley alone – and a steady stream of workers to fill them.

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Project Milwaukee
10:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Series Preview

Listen to Project Milwaukee reports beginning Monday, Oct. 29, and join us for community forum at MATC on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

There’s been increasing talk lately about the “skills gap” – the phenomenon of employers unable to find skilled workers. WUWM examines the issue in the series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

The stories will air all next week on Morning Edition, Lake Effect and All Things Considered. WUWM also will host a community forum at MATC on Tuesday Oct. 30. We’ll ask expert panelists and audience members to talk about the role government, educators and other groups have, in connecting workers and jobs.

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Economy & Business
5:13 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Why Does Milwaukee Have So Few Minority-Owned Businesses?

Gordon Nameni rents an office inside the Granville Business Development Center.

Over the past 15 years, the number of black and Hispanic businesses in Milwaukee has doubled. However, only 10,000 of the more than 112,000 companies in metro Milwaukee are minority-owned.

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Drought
1:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Farmers Share Water Woes at the State Fair

A cow slurps water from a bucket at the State Fair.

Visitors flocked to State Fair Park Thursday, where the annual fair began its 11-day run. Farmers from every county in Wisconsin are showing their livestock, in hopes of winning the Blue Ribbon. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson found that one subject weighing heavily on many cattle owners’ minds is water.

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Veterans
8:10 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Unemployment Rate Dropping for Veterans, But Many Still Jobless

Army veteran Justin Claus has struggled to find work since leaving the Army in 2010.
Credit Justin Claus

There has been some good news recently regarding the status of returning military veterans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets nationwide dipped below 10 percent in June. That is a substantial drop from June of last year, when the rate topped 13 percent. While the trend is positive, more young veterans are out of work than the general population. WUWM’s Erin Toner profiles a Racine man who suspects his military disability status frightens employers.

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Economy & Business
1:03 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Milwaukee Caterpillar Workers Watching Labor Dispute in Illinois

Credit Mark Sardella, Flickr

Workers at the Caterpillar factory in South Milwaukee are closely watching a labor dispute at the company plant in Illinois. Caterpillar employees in Joliet have been on strike for three months. The company is seeking steep wage and pension concessions, and the union representing nearly 800 workers refuses to accept the demands. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on speculation that the outcome of the dispute could be a bellwether for labor relations across the country.

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Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
3:34 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Survey: Majority of Wisconsinites Feel State Headed in 'Right Direction'

It's been a little more than a month since Wisconsin's historic gubernatorial recall election. And while the state’s political rhetoric has finally begun to die down, even if the partisanship hasn't, national politics are just heating up. The country is still processing the landmark Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health care reform law, although Governor Scott Walker has said he will not implement any health care changes until after the November election.

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Drought
4:53 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Farmers Hoping for Rain to Salvage Season

Corn farmers are worried that this year could be a total loss because of the extreme heat and dry conditions.

Farmers in southeastern Wisconsin are wondering just how bad this growing season will be – or what might be salvageable. The drought in southern Wisconsin last week intensified from moderate to severe. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited Rob -N-Cin’s Farm in West Bend.The family-owned farm tends around 400 dairy cows and raises crops - alfalfa, corn, soybeans and winter wheat. Son Rick Roden fears this season could be devastating.

Economy & Business
1:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

New Skyscraper Could House Hotel, Apartments

Click to Enlarge PhotoDeveloper Rick Barrett poses next to an artist's rendering of The Couture.

Milwaukee’s skyline could have a distinct new feature in a few years: a 44-story tower. County Executive Chris Abele outlined the plans Wednesday. The building would be located across the street from Discovery World and the northern entrance to Summerfest. As WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl reports, the development would include hotel rooms and housing to meet what planners call a growing demand.

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