GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - New numbers show the national unemployment rate is down to the lowest level since January of 2009.
It stands at 7.8% for September with 114,000 jobs added.
Unlike in August, the number improved for the right reasons not because people gave up looking for jobs, but because far more people reported having one.
However, many people settled for part time employment.
Northeast Wisconsin has more than 15,000 jobs available right now, according to the Job Center.
However, it is matching people with positions that is proving to be a challenge.
"If you want a job you are going to have to change and change is always hard" says James Golembeski, Executive Director for the Bay Area Workforce Development Board.
Advice 53 year old Elvee Franklin took to heart. He went back to school to be a welder three years ago.
"I remodeled homes for 30 years" explains Franklin. "I like putting things together but I'm a little too old for up and down the ladder".
A steady job in Arizona welding military machinery ended when the war did.
Last week, Elvee moved to Green Bay.
"I come here to try and work on the shipyards" he says with hope.
With a current resume and updated skills Elvee is on the right track.
"We do not want to waste employers time putting someone in front of them who isn't prepared" says Golembeski.
That is why for the first time people will need a ticket to attend the job center's upcoming career expo.
If they don't think you're ready to interview you can attend free workshops.
"You are responsible for your wellness, you are responsible for your finances. Many employers will do credit checks today and you are responsible for your lifelong learning" says Golembeski.
Something Elvee is already planning for once he finds a job.
"I am going to go back to school too so I can take up being a welding inspector. I am getting too old to be looking at the light" Franklin says with a laugh.
The Job Center's career expo is coming up October 17th. For details on that, and the database of jobs in Northeast Wisconsin click here.