KEWAUNEE - The news coming out this week surrounding jobs in our area has not been encouraging.
The Oshkosh Defense layoffs, combined with news that the Kewaunee nuclear plant will shut down, means our area will soon see 1,100 jobs cut.
Dominion's nuclear power plant near Kewaunee announced on Monday it would shut its doors for good in the next six months. That means 650 highly trained workers will be out of a job.
So what will the job market look like in Northeast Wisconsin after all these people are looking for work?
Walking around Kewaunee, it doesn't take long to find someone affected by Dominion nuclear power plant's impending closure.
"I have a number of friends who work there. My brother works there," said Rose Qumar.
"I can name seven people who work there. I know they'll be out of a job, and what will they do? This community is dying," said Karen Ryan.
Locals say other factories in Kewaunee may also be affected by Oshkosh Corporation's decision to lay off 450 workers adding to the impact of losing 650 jobs from the power plant.
"The plant up the road is part of Oshkosh, so how many jobs will be lost out of there?" asked Ryan.
Area unemployment actually dropped from August to September. But that trend isn't expected to continue with the upcoming cuts.
Manpower, Inc. says job seekers will be facing an incredibly competitive workforce.
"I think a lot of these employees will have to accept something that's not online with what they're doing just to stay working," said Tony McNamara, the branch manager of Manpower, Inc.'s Green Bay office.
People we spoke with in Kewaunee say they're concerned that the friends and neighbors won't find the caliber of jobs that they had before. And they'll have to leave town to find those opportunities.
"I think it will be a tremendous shock because people will have to move away," said Qumar.
People in town say there aren't enough high-paying jobs for well-educated people.
"Nothing against McDonald's or something, but they're not going to train high-educated people because they know as soon as they do they're going to get something else," said Ryan.
Neighbors in Kewaunee say they remain skeptical if the area will ever recover.
"It's devastating for this whole community and I would suspect within a couple years, it's going to be ghost town," said Ryan.
Earlier this week Dominion said it will offer employees compensation packages for staying on staff until the plant closes.
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