Jobs outlook shining brighter
JANESVILLE--Chris Smith was an unemployed carpenter for about two years before he started getting work again last spring.
Construction jobs have become more regular in recent months, and Smith said Thursday that he’s working steadily at 40 hours a week.
“I was real happy. I was just really getting tired of sitting around,” said Smith of Beloit, who is working commercial and residential jobs, mostly in Madison with Tradesman International.
Smith represents one tiny bit of data in this area’s annual unemployment rate, a rate that likely will end the year at its lowest point in four years.
The annual rate for the Janesville-Beloit area is likely to be lower than in 2009, 2010 or 2011, even though unemployment ticked up from October to November, 7.1 percent to 7.7 percent.
The state released November’s statistics Thursday.
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