Wisconsin Craft Market is closing in April as plans are being made to redevelop Westgate Mall. The closure is just one of many affecting retail workers.


Workers laid off from retail jobs can seek help transitioning to new jobs from the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, which recently received state grant funding for the program.

In Wisconsin, more than 6,500 retail employees, including those working in call centers or corporate offices, have lost their jobs in recent years, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.

The Dislocated Retail Worker Program through the development board was funded in part by a grant from DWD and provides services including

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