Methods and Data Sources
Methodologies and Data Sources for the County Workforce Profiles
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Most data are current to 2014, 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 economist. If you have questions regarding local labor market conditions, please contact a local labor market economist.
About the Map
The cover color-codes a state map indicating average income by county. The source of the data is the U.S. Census American Community Survey five year estimates for the 2010-2014 time period.
National and State Economic Outlook
Page 1 and 2 provides an overview of the current national and state economic situation. The section provides an overview of the economic recovery and expectations for the future. Sources include: labor force data via U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program and the U.S. Current Population Survey (CPS).
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, 2015 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 presented in the graph on the lower right side 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.
Page 4 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 2014.
Jobs & Wages
Page 5 presents the number of jobs and wages by industry sector for the year 2014. The table at the top of page 5 shows the average annual number of jobs by industry sector for 2014, 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 5 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.
Page 6 presents long-term industry employment projections (2012-2022 - ten years) for the Workforce Development Area (WDA) which includes the featured county. Long-term projections assist in long-run planning. Students, job seekers, and counselors may use the projections to explore employment in industries. Researchers may use the data in analyses of Wisconsin's labor market. Employers may use the data to examine expected employment in industries.
Page 7 features long-term occupational projections (2012-2022 - ten years) for the Workforce Development Area (WDA) which includes the featured county. Students, job seekers, and counselors may use the projections to explore employment in occupations. Researchers may use the data in analyses of Wisconsin's labor market and employers may use the data to examine expected employment in occupations. Educational institutions often use occupational projections to evaluate degree and/or course offerings.
Estimates for 2014 per capita personal income (PCPI) for the county, for Wisconsin, and for the nation appear on in the table on the top of page 8. The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis 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 8 compares the county's share of TPI for each component to the state and nation.