Author: Bill Hodgkiss Date: 02/06/2019

ICB Economic Update - Winter 2019

As a business bank, we know how important it is to keep current on economic conditions in your region and the state, but sometimes only national data is readily available. That’s why we bring you the ICB Economic Update newsletter. This quarterly newsletter gives you the latest information on employment growth, unemployment, job openings volume, housing starts and more. We hope this publication helps you get a clearer picture of what’s happening, both at the state level and in your own backyard.

Newsletter Highlights

Below are some of the most important highlights from the winter 2019 edition of the ICB Economic Update Newsletter:

  • Both the Central and Northeast Wisconsin economies continued their stable growth trends in the fourth quarter of 2018, with several key indicators pointing toward another prosperous year. The theme of this quarter's indicators is "turbulence." 
  • Employment growth continues at a robust 1.4 percent annualized growth (Northeast) and 2.1 percent annualized grown (Central), with unemployment near historic lows. Employers in Northeast Wisconsin are currently seeking candidates for more than 21,000 active openings in a highly competitive marketplace. In Central Wisconsin, there are more than 1,300 active job openings.
  • The outlook for 2019 remains somewhat uncertain with increasing commodity and equity volatility blending with political uncertainty and tightening and costlier credit markets. The near-term domestic outlook remains bullish with unemployment and inflation expected to remain near current levels into 2019.  

Want to know more about the conditions that affect your business – today and tomorrow? Click below to view the newsletter specific to your region. A link to the latest and archived issues can also be found on the ICB Business Blog home page by clicking on “Economic Update Newsletter.”

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The ICB Economic Update newsletter is designed to provide valuable and timely information to help our customers grow their businesses. To learn more about what we can do to impact your growth and profitability, read our Top 4 Benefits of Working with a Community-Based Business Bank tip sheet.

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Topics: General Business


Written by Bill Hodgkiss

Bill is Senior Vice President - Business Banking at Investors Community Bank. He joined ICB in 2016 when they merged with The Business Bank, where Bill served as President and CEO. Bill has almost 30 years of sales and banking experience. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from St. Norbert College.


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