Where are the jobs?

They’re in Wisconsin, and Kenosha County is among one of the state’s best places to find work.

In reports released Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Manpower Group Employment Outlook survey said the year has started on a positive note, with unemployment staying about the same in January as compared to January 2018.

The DWD reported an unemployment rate of 3.0 percent for the state in January, lower than the 4.0 percent national average holding steady from a year ago.

In Kenosha County, the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, up slightly from 3.8 percent reported for January 2018.

In the city, the rate was 4.2 percent, up slightly from 4.0 percent reported for the same period a year ago.

In Racine County, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent compared with 4.0 percent. In Racine city, the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent compared with 4.7 percent a year ago.

The DWD said unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in seven of Wisconsin’s 12 metro areas over the year when compared to January 2018.

The DWD and labor economists have said that 2018 was one of the best year’s for jobs growth and the lowest unemployment rate in years.

Throughout the year, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate outpaced the nation’s rate. In January 2018, the rate was 2.9 percent in the state while the national rate was 4.1 percent.

Job outlook good

Meanwhile, upcoming months also look good for job seekers.

The Manpower Group reported that employers were looking to hire for open positions during the upcoming second quarter.

The Manpower Outlook said the hottest areas for employment are transportation and utilities, wholesale and retail trade, leisure and hospitality and professional and business services.

To recruit and retain the workers they need, some employers have boosted pay and benefits. One enticement, said Greg Poulin, co-founder of Goodly, is a student loan repayment benefit.