In 2016, Higher Expectations announced a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG*): That each municipality in Racine County will achieve and maintain an unemployment rate at or below the State of Wisconsin’s unemployment rate. By focusing on the programs that work and aligning partners and community members, Racine County can move the needle on unemployment rates.
Already, an improved economy has reduced the number of out-of-work adults in Racine County. In fact, based on unemployment data for the first six months of 2017, it would take employing less than 800 additional individuals to reduce each Racine County municipality’s unemployment rate to that of the State of Wisconsin. To achieve the objective of a fully capable and employed workforce in Racine County, workforce development partners must work together to implement intentional strategies that will accelerate this progress.
It is critical to both help unemployed individuals find jobs and to help meet the needs of area employers who require capable employees. That way, employers and employees can thrive here in Racine County.
Higher Expectations is working with Racine County Workforce Solutions, United Way of Racine County, RAMAC, and the Racine County Workforce Development Board to align programs and achieve this BHAG.
Read more about our work in our 2017 Annual Report: Inspiring Action, Making an Impact
*From Jim Collins’ Good to Great, 2001