Majority of residents don't work in Pierce County
Recent releases by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) about the workforce in Pierce County show some not too surprising results.
The national economic struggles made their way to Pierce County as, from last November to December, the unemployment rate jumped from 4.6 to 5.5 percent. That rate is still below the average rate of the Twin Cities metro area, which includes Pierce County (6.4), a nine-county average made up of Polk, Barron, St. Croix, Pierce, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Dunn, Pepin and Clark Counties (5.9) and the State of Wisconsin (5.8).
For those who are employed, the biggest industry in Pierce County was educational services at 21 percent, according to employment figures from the second quarter of last year. Health care and social assistance is at 13, followed by accommodation and food services at 10. A further breakdown of those figures show UW-River Falls, Pierce County, River Falls Medical Clinic and Econofoods as the county's most common occupations based on their employment. Finally, from that same period, the average weekly wage in Pierce County during that time was $500-$599, below the state average of $730.
For more please read the Feb. 25 print version of the Herald.