On November 5, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed the new WEDC Secretary and CEO Melissa "Missy" Hughes on if she thinks that recent report on Wisconsin losing 5,000 manufacturing jobs is a result of the Trump Administration's tariffs and if it is a temporary issue. Hughes highlighted that Wisconsin has 9,400 manufacturing companies which translates to 475,000 jobs. "I don't want to attribute it to some particular policy, I want to understand the whole trend," Hughes said. "...I see, right now, the manufacturing in Wisconsin is grappling with [lack of workforce] issue."

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