Bureau of Workforce Information & Technical Support (WITS)

Purpose:

On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, WITS collects and analyzes workforce information, projects employment, provides economic analysis, and offers consulting services to public and private organizations. WITS reports comprehensive and timely Labor Market Information (LMI) to the U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and makes it available to the public through four program areas: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), Current Employment Statistics (CES), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), and Occupational Employment Statistics (OES).

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CES is a monthly survey of non-farm business establishments, providing the timeliest estimates of employment, hours, and earnings data by industry for the nation, states, and most Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

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LAUS data provide monthly estimates of the labor force, employment, unemployment, and the unemployment rate.

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QCEW tabulates job and wage information for workers covered by State Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws, as well as federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.

Go to the QCEW home page

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics (BLS) and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The survey's purpose is to identify which occupations are in demand and to estimate the number of employees in each and the wages paid to them. OES collects this information for each state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. The employment data are benchmarked to an average of the May and November employment levels.

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The Projections Unit of the Office of Economic Advisors develops both long-term and short-term outlooks of employment in Wisconsin's industries and occupations. Projections employment includes nonagricultural wage and salary employment; workers in private households, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, trapping, and self-employed workers (SE) are included. Employment trends in approximately 300 industries and 770 occupations are examined.

Go to the Projections page

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The State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development, Labor Market Information (LMI) section is the designated authority for certifying Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) in Wisconsin.

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