Kenosha, WI – December 2023 Jobs Report – Tight Labor Market Persists, Manufacturing Gains Traction

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Kenosha’s December 2023 jobs report reflects the ongoing tight labor market nationwide, with continued low unemployment and growth in key industries. While some sectors experienced setbacks, the overall trend points towards a resilient and evolving economy.


  • Unemployment rate: 2.4%, slightly higher than the state average but indicative of a competitive job market. (Source: Job Center of Wisconsin)
  • Job growth: The report does not specify December’s specific job growth, but November 2023 saw an increase of 2,300 jobs compared to October. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Manufacturing expansion: The manufacturing sector continues to be a significant driver of local employment, with transportation and warehousing showcasing notable growth.

Industries and Occupations on the Rise:

  • Manufacturing: Transportation and warehousing (+4.3% compared to November 2022) and durable goods manufacturing (+2.1%) saw steady gains. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Professional and business services: This sector added jobs in areas like management, consulting, and scientific research. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Healthcare: Employment opportunities increased in healthcare and social assistance, particularly in ambulatory care settings. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Industries and Occupations Facing Downturns:

  • Leisure and hospitality: This sector, which experienced a boom earlier in 2023, showed slight job losses in December. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Retail trade: Employment in retail trade remained relatively flat, with minimal growth or decline. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Compared to December 2022:

  • The unemployment rate in December 2023 was lower than December 2022 (3.8%). (Source: Job Center of Wisconsin)
  • Job growth data for December 2023 compared to December 2022 is unavailable, but November 2023 showed a positive trend compared to November 2022.

Compared to November 2023:

  • The unemployment rate remained stable.
  • Job growth data for December compared to November is unavailable.

Future Outlook:

The future of Kenosha’s job market appears cautiously optimistic. Continued demand in manufacturing and professional services suggests sustained growth, while challenges like inflation and labor shortages demand close attention.

10 Growing Occupations in Kenosha (as of December 2022):

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Home Health and Personal Care Aides
  3. Customer Service Representatives
  4. Software Developers and Applications
  5. Truck Drivers and Tractor-Trailer Drivers
  6. General Laborers and Construction Workers
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Personal Care Aides
  9. Medical Assistants
  10. Surgical Technologists

10 Companies Hiring Now in Kenosha (based on Indeed and LinkedIn searches):

  1. Amazon
  2. Snap-on
  3. Abbott Laboratories
  4. Tenneco
  5. Kenosha Unified School District
  6. Uline
  7. Sealed Air
  8. NSK Corporation
  9. Andis Company
  10. Pacur