LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The latest unemployment numbers for Nov. 2013 shows a 4.3 percent unemployment rate in the La Crosse metropolitan area, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
That's the lowest rate the area has seen since Nov. 2008, about a year into the economic recession.
But the La Crosse County Job Center is still seeing a high number of people using its services, who are out of a job.
It hasn't been a long search for Takeyhia Potts.
"I started yesterday," she chuckled.
But she still feels the pressure of finding a job.
"It's a lot of pressure... you know, come here. Come here when I can be at home," Potts said.
The mother of four moved to La Crosse to take care of her sick father. She's waiting to hear if she can be employed as his caretaker.
"I got seven years experience as a machine operator," Potts said.
Until then, she needs an income.
"The unemployment rate is kind of an echo behind the recession," said Regional Market Analyst Bill Brockmiller.
Currently, the La Crosse metro area's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since the recession. It can be attributed to an improving economy, but baby boomers are also retiring, according to Brockmiller.
"If there are less people looking for work that can also bring down the unemployment," he said.
There's still a pool of unemployed people who it's hard to find a job for. Brockmiller said they're "structurally unemployed."
"They're needing skills upgrades. Not just a different job, but the recession and its aftermath displaced them from the skill set that they originally had," Brockmiller said. And a recession accelerates that.
"I got about three people who emailed me yesterday for jobs," Potts said.
Opportunity seems promising for Potts.
"(I want to) get job right away and be making the money I need to be making. Or deserve to be making, rather," she said.
Like the many people still looking for job, Potts hopes the search comes to an end very soon.
Since healthcare organizations are large employers in the area, the La Crosse metropolitan area doesn't see as big of a dip in employment numbers when compared to other parts of the state, according to Brockmiller.
He said it's because no matter the state of the economy, people will always need to see a doctor.
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