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Companies court construction workers ahead of busy season

Companies court construction workers ahead of busy season

The construction unemployment rate typically trails the overall unemployment rate, and Wisconsin is no different. With the state’s unemployment hovering around 5 percent, the latest figures from the Federal Reserve show a 9.5 percent construction industry unemployment rate across the country. States such as Wisconsin and Minnesota are trying to change that trend.

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Why job growth and cheap gas aren’t doing what they should

Why job growth and cheap gas aren’t doing what they should

Steady hiring is supposed to fire up economic growth. Cheap gasoline is supposed to power consumer spending. Falling unemployment is supposed to boost wages. Low mortgage rates are supposed to spur home buying. America's economic might is supposed to benefit its workers. Yet all those common assumptions about how an economy thrives appear to have broken down during the first three months of 2015.

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Curiosity draws C.G. Schmidt’s Johnson to site work

Curiosity draws C.G. Schmidt’s Johnson to site work

Helena Johnson was in a doublewide operations trailer on a recent Saturday afternoon to cover a safety shift at a construction site at a state college. As was true in her first foray onto a site more than a decade ago, Johnson was there mainly for one reason: She asked.

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