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Job market a roller coaster in central Wisconsin

First, closures, now, gains. It's been a roller coaster for the job outlook in central Wisconsin this week.

"Employers overall are feeling positive across the state about adding more work,” said Gov. Scott Walker.

Earlier this week the United States Postal Service distribution center in Rothschild announced it's closing. With it, more than 100 jobs leaving the area.

On Tuesday, the Roundy's/Copp's distribution center in Stevens Point says its doors will be shut at the end of the summer. That means almost 200 people will be out of a job

But, during a tour of Wausau Container Corporation, Gov. Walker says the overall job economy is positive.

“I empathize with the people in the positions where they are facing those struggles. But, I also look at the net increases, like I said, in the past four years we've created over 100,000 new jobs in the state,” said Gov. Walker.

Now, even more jobs could be added to central Wisconsin. Aspirus Doctors Clinic in Wisconsin Rapids is planning a $30 million expansion. It could add up to 275 jobs to the area.

G3 Industries announced it will close a plant in southern Wisconsin and relocate about 35 jobs to its factory in Kronenwetter.

According to the latest state Workforce Development numbers, unemployment is down in most cities and counties. For those looking for work, the governor stressed programs to help. is a site where we have on any given week 50,000 job listings,” said Gov. Walker.

Walker's challenger, democrat Mary Burke did not answer our multiple telephone messages seeking comment. However, throughout her campaign Burke has said her goal is to create more jobs and invest in education to train the future work-force.

That's something both sides can agree on, job creation is a top priority.

For a look at those programs aimed at helping workers find work, click here:

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