#SkillSets4Success Sunday: Job Report

“Hire Me!”  Well, do you want the good news or the bad news?

The jobs report was unveiled on Friday, June 2 showing that the economy in the U.S. added 138,000 jobs in May; in turn falling short of the anticipated 180,000.  In the large scheme of things, this isn’t so bad as there are plenty of jobs out there.  Not to mention, wage growth is still growing a little more than 2 percent although that’s down from previous months, economists are urging people not to worry quite yet.

On a positive note, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, that’s the lowest it’s been in 16 years!  So what does that mean and how does all of this relate to my platform?  The job market is promising, folks.  There are plenty of vacancies in our workforce and that gap continues to widen as roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers retire on a daily basis.  Also, wages are projected to increase as employers aim to fill those openings within their companies and businesses.  My mission as Miss Badgerland 2017 and potentially as Miss Wisconsin 2017 is to help empower and equip students with the mentality, drive, and soft skill sets they need to take on these jobs in the upcoming years.

“Many U.S. workers, especially those still looking for jobs, lack the necessary skills to warrant higher pay. As a result companies have to pay more to train new or future employees who won’t be as productive when the first start out.”  -MarketWatch

Hmm..you don’t say?  A need for heightened soft skill sets?  This needs to be talked about at an earlier age.  Students need to learn the basis of communication and how crucial a first impression and career exploration can be for their future success.  Together, we can help to move Wisconsin and our country forward.

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