Foxconn: Reaching 13,000 jobs could take eight years


Foxconn participated in a job fair at the UW-Milwaukee last week and was on campus at Marquette University Monday. But a Foxconn spokesman cautioned: “The 13,000 (jobs) will not go up quickly because it will take us four to five years to build out our campus. “It may be six, seven, eight years down the line.” > BizTimes Milwaukee

WEDC board evaluates $3 billion Foxconn deal but takes no action


The leadership of Wisconsin’s jobs agency met late last week to consider up to $3 billion in taxpayer incentives to bring a Foxconn plant to Racine County. The WEDC board considered the Foxconn subsidies in a private session but took no action, with officials saying they are still working on the final deal. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lawmakers put growing workforce crisis front and center at legislative hearing


Responding to a growing workforce shortage in Wisconsin, state lawmakers are calling for more legislative action to expedite worker training and attract more people to the state. On Friday the Assembly and Senate workforce committees held a joint informational hearing on the topic with testimony from a dozen invited speakers. > Wisconsin State Journal

Before Wisconsin, Foxconn vowed big spending in Brazil, but few jobs have come


Before striking its Wisconsin deal, Foxconn made similar promises in Brazil, unveiling plans to invest billions to build one of the world’s biggest manufacturing hubs. Six years later, Brazil is still waiting for most of those jobs to materialize, with the area where Foxconn said it would build the plant now totally abandoned. > NY Times

Wisconsin ranks 30th in one-year job growth rate


Wisconsin ranked 30th among all states, and 4th in the Midwest, for private-sector job growth from March 2016 to March 2017, according to new data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics late last week. Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana were the Midwest leaders. > WKOW Madison

Wisconsin businesses grapple with a growing worker shortage


Wisconsin is expected to need 45,000 workers in seven years but it simply lacks the people to fill them. Employers from a broad range of industries are reporting difficulty finding workers — and not only for skilled professionals. Workers with a high school diploma are also in greater demand than in supply. > Wisconsin State Journal

Little folk may end up holding the bag on Foxconn


Something tells me that this Walker gambit is more generous than it needs to be and the safeguards aren’t there to make sure the state doesn’t lose its shirt in the uncertain years ahead. No workers will be helped if that turns out to be the case. > Cap Times