A new study revealed that Wisconsin's middle class experienced the largest decline in the entire country from 2000-2013. Some economists relate that staggering statistic to the fact that manufacturing jobs have been dealt a significant blow in recent years.
Just in the last three months, three paper companies in the Fox Valley announced devastating news for many. First, Appvion in Appleton filed for bankruptcy, leaving about 1,000 jobs in limbo.
Then, Appleton Coated in Combined Locks announced they're looking for a buyer. That put about 600 employees on the sidelines, waiting.
"I truly believed that I was going to retire at Appleton Coated," one employee said. "Now, I know sitting here today that may not be possible."