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Affirmative Action, state and county

Apprenticeship Occupations provides a list of occupations in which people have set up apprenticeships. Have you wondered how to apply for an apprentice-able job? Click on any title to read about the requirements for that occupation.

Apprenticeship Trades for Adults is a program within the Department of Workforce Development.

Apprenticeship for Youth is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative for high students who want to experience hands on learning at the worksite in conjunction with classroom instruction.

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Boards & Partners module, also related to Workforce Development Areas, is your link to the WDA Directory map that links you to Country Profiles, Regional Profiles, Regional Analysts, and quarterly Workforce Observation

Business Module includes links for those starting, expanding, relocating or closing a business, as well as links related to Finding Workers. There is a business search feature that, at a county level, where employer by name, industry, or occupation can be identified. Large Employer search provides viewing for employers in a given industry for a given geographic area. Check out the Business Module for many more links to a variety of business related topics.

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Career Exploration Module features in addition to the standard related links and instructional guide, career posters, and wage comparisons. Wage comparisons enable you to select a single occupation, then select multiple counties. The results allows you to compare wages between different locales.

Civilian Labor Force - 1990 to present with multiple geographic choices

Consumer Price Index (CPI) links to US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation information. Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the ratio of the value of a basket of goods in the current year to the value of that same basket of goods in an earlier year.

Monthly:

Semi-Annual:

Commuting patterns query years include 1990 and 2000.

Council on Workforce Investment is the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment, which establishes a state workforce investment board with strong leadership, and a commitment to the collaboration of business, labor, state and local government, educational institutions, and workforce-related organizations. This Council Home Page provides support to the council members and information to the general public and stakeholders of Wisconsin's workforce investment system.

County-to-county worker flows examine interconnections between the state's counties. This publication provides estimates for commuting destinations of county residents, the origin of county workers, and typical travel times of county residents.

County level resources contains many links to places for information on population, unemployment rates, education reports..

County Profiles, Wisconsin

County Snapshot provides an at-a-glance view of the most recent changes in Wisconsin's local economies. Each Snapshot presents a variety of country-specific economic indicators, including employment levels, average weekly wages, unemployment claims and information on leading industries and occupations.

County Wage Comparison compares salary levels by geographic location around Wisconsin.

Current Employment Statistics

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Data Analyst Module provides access to labor market information statistics on quarterly census of employment and wages, current employment statistics, local area unemployment statistics, plant closings mass layoff notices, to list a few items found in this location.

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Economic Developers Module includes a links to the LEHD, a U.S. Census bureau product that supplies statistics on employment, job creation, turnover, and earnings by industry, age and sex. for local economies. Also included in this module are a Large Employer search, and the Top and Bottom 5 Industries query that compare industry trends from one year to the next as well as other useful links and tools.

Economic Indicators

Education statistics

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Equal Rights Division administers the federal laws pertaining to civil rights and labor standards (PDF). The Equal Rights web site includes information about child labor, minimum wage, and hours of work and overtime. Equal Rights is a program in the Department of Workforce Development.

Employer names and addresses is a database containing names and addresses of employers covered by Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance Law. You may order mailing labels, paper listings or the data on CD. Cost depends upon amount of data ordered.

Employer Search query allows you to view an employer by name, industry or occupation.

Employment, state job openings is the state government's on-line system for job announcements, applications and examinations. Also includes other specialized job programs and information.

ES-202 program see Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.

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Forward Wisconsin is a unique public-private state marketing and business recruitment organization. Their job is marketing outside Wisconsin to attract new businesses, jobs and increased economic activity to the state.

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Glossary of labor market information terms

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Health Care Workforce Development informs you about the initiatives and efforts provided through the Department of Workforce Development on the topic of health care issues.

Hot Jobs are high projected job growth occupations. In order to be a Hot Job they must meet the following criteria:
They must have an average annual wage above the state median; The percentage change must be greater than the state average; and The number of job openings must be greater than the state average.

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Income data are estimates of total and per capita personal income from the Bureau of Economic Analysis for the US, State, Metropolitan SAs , Micropolitan SAs, Metropolitan Division, Combined SAs and Counties.

Industry Employment data is offered through this menu-selection Data Tables page in which industry employment figures are available from two different programs: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) and Current Employment Statistics (CES). Current and historical information available from both query and download file menu options.

Inflation calculator uses the average Consumer Price Index for a given calendar year. This data represents changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households. This index value has been calculated every year since 1913. For the current year, the latest monthly index value is used.

Inflation information can be found on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index website.

Instructions for navigating through the various features (tools) in each module:

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Jobs is the state government's on-line system for job announcements, applications and examinations. Also includes other specialized job programs and information.

Job Center Directory lists the phone number and address of your nearest Wisconsin Job Center.

Job Center of Wisconsin is an internet-based job search system containing current job openings provided by employers to Wisconsin Job Center system.

Job Search Sites lists many major city newspapers where job openings are often posted. this web page is organized by Local, Wisconsin, and United States groupings with suggested links for job opening searches. The page is not intended to list everything, but a sampling of what is available.

Job Seeker Module provides access to occupational information, wages, employers by county area. Look for the job seeker's Links page, found under Resources. This is your key to tips on resume writing, job interviewing techniques and topics to further your job search efforts.

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Labor Law Clinics are educational seminars that are usually one day in length but sometimes a half-day or two days in length, which are open to the public and feature DWD staff explaining many of the the laws and rules the agency administers.

Labor Laws, Labor Standards also see Equal Rights

Licensed Occupations is a listing of those occupations that require licensure. Select any title to read a description and view contact agency, phone and address information.

LMI Business Forms are used by employers to submit data (surveys) about the employer's business type, address verification or industry code verification.

Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program is designed to develop new information about local labor market conditions. The partnership between state labor market information agencies and the Census Bureau supplies new measures. These measures are local, state, county and sub-county levels. LED supplies statistics on employment, job creation, turnover, and earnings by industry, age and sex. It provides dynamic information on the rapidly changing economy

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Maps

  • County Veterans Service Offices
  • Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas in Wisconsin
  • Job Center Partner Network
  • Job Service Districts
  • Population maps courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Wisconsin Counties
  • Workforce Development Area (WDA)

Mass layoff - 60 day notification list are notices filed in compliance with Worker Adjustment Retaining Notification (WARN) Act and State Plant Closing law.

Minimum Wage is the smallest hourly wage that an employee may be paid as mandated by federal and state laws.

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New Hire Reporting is a process by which an employer reports information on newly hired employees to Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development within 20 days after the employee starts work or employees who return to work after an unpaid interval of more than 90 days (seasonal workers.)

Non-traditional Occupations provides a listing of those occupations in which 25% or less of the workforce are women. Click on any linked title to read about wages paid, skills needed, a description, and related occupations.

News Release Schedule for monthly labor market information data releases.

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Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

Office of Economic Advisors (OEA) publishes monthly and annual reports that provide an overview of county and state trends. While the OEA web site is no longer available, the same products remain available through WORKnet and can be found in the following locations.

  • Articles and Reports. The regional economists respond to requests for...
  • Presentation. Regional Economists prepare PowerPoint presentations, copies are available for a year and can be accessed...
  • Publications. County Profile for each of Wisconsin's 72 counties is a signature product of Regional Economists...
  • Economic data. OEA staff prepare numerous excel spreadsheets on various aspects of Wisconsin's economies. All of these products can now be found in the module Data Analyst. Select a Data Table index.

O*NET, the Occupational Information Network contains comprehensive information on job requirements and worker competencies.

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Plant closings - 60 day notification list are notices filed in compliance with Worker Adjustment Retaining Notification (WARN) Act and State Plant Closing law.

Prevailing Wage Rate is the hourly basic rate of pay, plus the hourly contribution for health insurance benefits, vacation benefits, pension benefits and any other bona fide economic benefit, paid directly or indirectly for a majority of the hours worked in a trade or occupation for all types of local public works project, for all types of state public works projects, except highways and bridges, and for all state contract highway and bridge construction projects.

Projections are an estimate of future employment based on historical employment trends and anticipated shifts in economic, social, and demographic factors.

The purpose of Wisconsin’s Projections program is to offer some insight into questions regarding the future growth or decline of Wisconsin's industries and occupations. Long- and short-term outlooks of employment are provided. The long-term projections are for ten years out into the future where as short-term projections are for two years out.

Wisconsin projection information can be found on WORKnet in the following locations:


LT = Long Term Projections Statewide
LT-Regional = Long Term Projections by WDA
ST = Short Term Projections Statewide

Publications A selection of published documents, that include articles, special project documents, PowerPoint presentations, County profiles and workforce development area profiles.

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

  • Program description
  • Industry employment: all counties and total all industry, private, government and all ownerships. View a query format for customizing your data needs or download TXT formatted files to be used in databases.
  • Industry employment and wages. are quarterly data for industry (private, government & combined) employment levels, total industry wages, and average industry wage. This data is available in PDF format

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Race see affirmative action

Request for data instructions.  The Bureau of Workforce Information (BWI) provides consultation, data analysis and file creation on a variety of topics related to work programs and labor market information. If the information being sought is not offered on this site, BWI can produce summary statistics within the restrictions of state and federal laws, regulations and administrative rules.

Research and Statistics for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families )and WIA work programs (Workforce Investment Act).

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Seasonally Adjusted A statistical technique that eliminates the influences of recurring seasonal events from economic time series. This permits easier observation and analysis of cyclical, trend, and other nonseasonal movements in the data. By eliminating seasonal fluctuations, the series becomes smoother and it is easier to compare data from month to month and thus is more likely to reflect true changes in the economy.

SNAP (Standard Name and Address Program) see Employer Names and Addresses

Student enrollments, public and private high school graduates, dropouts reports. see Education Statistics

Subscription lists: an email notification feature. Labor market data is updated throughout the year, some data receive monthly updates, while other data are only updated yearly. Select a topic to receive an email notification about that topic when the data has been changed.

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Targeted Employment Area (TEA) designations encourage foreign investments and economic growth by reducing the requirements for obtaining EB-5 immigrant investor visas. TEAs are areas that, at the time of investment, are rural areas or areas experiencing unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national unemployment rate.

Tax Credit Programs are available that can help businesses reduce their Federal and State tax liability. The employer tax credit incentives can help businesses create jobs, boost local economies and help new employees obtain and retain jobs.

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Unemployment and Unemployment Rates  start the historical series with 1990. This section includes the civilian labor force data that is state and metropolitan statistics areas, which are are seasonally adjusted. And, local area unemployment series, that include county and city data, which are not adjusted data. All include annual averages.

Unemployment Insurance (UI Division) is your link to apply for benefits, register as a Wisconsin employer, file quarterly tax and wage reports, and more.

Unemployment Rates, historical series. As early as 1954 unemployment rates were collected at the state level. The unemployment rates for the metropolitan statistical area series starts at 1970.

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Veterans

Videos of selected occupations provide a brief visual and audio demonstration of that occupation's job duties.

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Wages

Wages for occupations in nation and other states are maintained at the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site.

Wisconsin Job Centers is your Wisconsin Employment Connection. This website provides a wealth of information classified into the following categories: Job Seekers, Workers and Students; Businesses and Employers; and Staff and Partners.

Workforce Development Area (WDA), also known as Boards & Partners module, is your link to the WDA Directory. This Directory links you to Country Profiles, Regional Profiles, Regional Analysts, and monthly Workforce Observations.

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Youth Module has links to information about hours of work, work permits, and links to youth focused work force agencies.

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