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Workforce

  • Over the years, the “Midwestern work ethic” has gained a strong reputation amongst companies across the nation. For Wisconsin, this renowned work ethic along with quality education and training systems have resulted in a skilled workforce.

    Wisconsin’s 100-year old system of technical colleges and adult education schools offer highly specialized degrees in a wide range of industries. A blend of public-private partnerships also help technical colleges and universities to develop a workforce with skills that make both companies and employees successful.

    Educational Attainment – 2012 1-Year Estimates: American Fact Finder

    • Metro Milwaukee: 89.9% H.S. graduate or higher, 32.5% B.A. degree or higher
    • Milwaukee (City): 82.1% H.S. graduate or higher, 22.2% B.A. degree or higher

    The Milwaukee metro area offers a skilled and committed workforce, which ranks as the most productive in the Midwest and the 9th most productive nationwide according to the Federal Reserve.

    While the metro area is well-known as a manufacturing epicenter, technology and health care sectors have experienced the most rapid growth in recent years. Here is data broken down by industry, labor force and growth projections for the metro area.

    Milwaukee Metro % of Workforce by Industry – American Fact Finder

    • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting – .7%
    • Construction – 4.0%
    • Manufacturing – 17.2%
    • Wholesale trade – 2.8%
    • Retail trade – 10.4%
    • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities – 4.2%
    • Information – 1.9%
    • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing – 7.6%
    • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services – 10.0%
    • Educational services, and health care and social assistance – 24.9%
    • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services – 8.8%
    • Other services, except public administration – 4.4%
    • Public administration – 3.1%

    Labor Force (July 2014) – Bureau of Labor Statistics

    • Civilian Labor Force – 806,660
    • Employment – 763,347
    • Unemployment – 43,313
    • Unemployment rate – 5.4%

    Industry Growth Projections for Metro Milwaukee: 2010 – 2020 (WI DWD)

    • Natural Resources and Mining/Construction – 28.33%
    • Professional and Business Services – 23.28%
    • Leisure and Hospitality – 20.80%
    • Financial Activities – 15.13%
    • Education and Health Services – 14.74%
    • Information – 12.48%
    • Other Services (Except Government) – 11.10%
    • Trade, Transportation & Utilities – 8.45%
    • Manufacturing – 2.27%
    • Government – (.48%)