About 1,300 jobs lost in Fox Valley since August

Published: Nov. 10, 2017 at 6:16 PM CST
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Action 2 News told you Thursday about more job losses impacting the Fox Valley.

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson says the area has been hit by a third of the state's total job losses in just the past few months.

Friday, we verified that claim with the help of the Department of Workforce Development.

Since August, about 1,300 jobs were lost in the Fox Valley of a total 3,600 across the Badger state.

Some of the major layoffs included Appleton Coated, Appvion, Ryder Integrated Logistics and Saputo.

"Make no mistake we are in the economic fight of our life," said Nelson.

The Workforce Development Board agrees our area needs to work continuously to grow.

But experts say the economy remains healthy with thousands of jobs available despite some sectors seeing cutbacks.

"Right now we're seeing the paper industry, in particular, adjust to changing demands a global economy,” Jim Golembeski, Bay Area Workforce Development Board said. “But there are plenty of places for workers these days and good jobs at comparable wages."

Nelson says these job losses aren't fair to families especially when leaders are willing to sign over billions of dollars in tax incentives for Foxconn.

"Should we really be spending $3 billion dollars on a Taiwanese company that's largely going to affect one part of the state, when we're losing family supporting paper jobs," said Nelson.

Republican State Senate President Roger Roth says the $10 billion Foxconn promises to invest will have a major impact on our area.

"Whether you're in the paper industry with packaging or in protective papers or in manufacturing creating devices in other forms of technology to build into what they’re doing down at Foxconn, you are absolutely going to see an impact because of this," said Sen. Roth.