Methodologies and Data Sources for the County Workforce Profiles

On this Page:

  1. About the Cover
  2. Slowly It Grows
  3. Population
  4. Demographics
  5. Workforce
  6. Jobs & Wages
  7. Income


  • Most data is current to 2010, as this is the most recent year that a majority of the data is available.

  • Each profile provides a snapshot of local conditions of each county's labor market and maintains a timeframe across indicators, facilitating intra- and inter-county comparisons of change.

  • Each county workforce profile was researched and written by the local area labor market analyst or economist. If you have questions regarding local labor market conditions, please contact a local labor market analyst or economist.

About the Cover

The cover color-codes a state map indicating ten-year population growth rates at the municipal level. The the smaller image to the left of the state map represents a closer look at the title county of profile. The source of the data is the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Demographic Services, Population Estimates.

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Slowly it Grows

Page 1 and 2 addresses Wisconsin's tepid recovery from the "Great Recession". The section provides an overview of the recession, the two year old economic recovery, and expectations for the future. Sources are: national gross domestic product via the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, labor force data via U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program and the U.S. Current Population Survey (CPS) and employment (jobs) change data via U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

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County Population

Page 3 of each profile displays population estimates provided by the Demographic Services Center within Wisconsin's Department of Administration (DOA). The April 1, 2000 Census population and the January 1, 2010 population estimate appear along with the percentage changes for the county between these dates. The ten most populous municipalities of the county are listed below the county, and the State of Wisconsin and the United States are listed above the county population figures.

Components of population change are also presented in the middle graph of the page showing how population change was achieved and comparing the county’s dynamics to both the nation and state. These data were also provided by the Demographic Services Center.

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Page 4 examines the educational attainment distribution and commuting patterns of the county. The section uses data from the 2005-2009 American Community Survey, which offers the first update of a variety of demographic information for every county since the 2000 census.

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Page 5 examines employment and labor force trends for the county, state, and nation. The analysis highlights the effects of both economic cycles and changing demographics. The graph at the top of the page shows the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates over a 20+ year period, and the graph at the bottom of the page displays the labor force participation rates from 2000 to 2010. The data sources include Local Area Unemployment Statistics and the Current Population Survey. Continuing on to page 6, the age distribution of the workforce is examined. The graph at the utilized Local Employment Dynamics data from the Census Bureau to display age distribution of the county's employees by industry sector.

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Jobs and Wages

Page 7 presents the number of jobs and wages by industry sector for the year 2010. The table at the top of page 7 shows the average annual number of jobs by industry sector for 2010, the corresponding annual change in employment, and the total payroll for each industry sector. The graphic compares the industry sector's share of total employment to the share of total payroll.

The table on the bottom of page 7 posts each major employment sector's annual average wage and also expresses it as a ratio of the respective statewide average. The 1-year change in average wage is also displayed.

Continuing on page 8, the table at the top of the page displays average employment, average wage, and five-year percent change for the respective economic metric are displayed for more specific industries within the county. The table at the bottom of the page further examines jobs and wages by focusing on the county’s prominent employers by name and employment range.

All data on pages 7 and 8 were produced by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Division of Employment and Training, Bureau of Workforce Training, Labor Market Information Section.

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Estimates for 2009 per capita personal income (PCPI) for the county, for Wisconsin, and for the nation appear on in the table on the top of page 9. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis provides provides national, state, and local personal income estimates. Personal income includes wages earned from employment, interest payments, dividends from investments, rental income, proprietor income, and transfer payment disbursements from the government. Per capita personal income is defined as total personal income divided by the total population.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis also estimates the components of total personal income (TPI). The table at the bottom of page 9 compares the county's share of  TPI for each component to the state and nation.

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