DWD says 141 Oscar Mayer employees have opted to not relocate to - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

DWD says 141 Oscar Mayer employees have opted to not relocate to plant in Chicago

Posted: Updated:

MADISON (WKOW)-- Even though their jobs are disappearing, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says 141 of Oscar Mayer's non-union salaried employees are opting to stay in Madison and turn down a relocation to the company's plant in Chicago.

While it's impossible to say exactly what motivated each and every one of these 141 employees to forgo a job and stay put, employment experts say the job market in Madison is likely a big factor in that decision.

The DWD reports a 2.9% unemployment rate for Dane County. That's more than a full percentage point lower than the Wisconsin state average. At Drake and Company Staffing Solutions in Madison, managers say the job outlook is so good they're looking for a new employee themselves to keep up with all of the job openings.

CEO Kelly Starr-King expects to hear from a few of these Oscar Mayer employees in the coming months when they're ready to find new employment.

"My first reaction was, Yes! Madison, I mean, it's a fantastic place to live. If they can find jobs it's the best case scenario for everyone involved. We need to have those employees to be able to help our economy flourish here too," Starr-King says.

Starr-King wasn't surprised to hear this many Oscar Mayer employees decided to stay in Madison being that many of them have families and deep roots in the community. Plus, Madison is often considered one of the most livable cities in America.

The DWD says these 141 positions will be phased out gradually between late February and late June. Employees who declined to relocate are being offered severance packages through the company and employment services through the DWD and their partners.

Powered by Frankly