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.

The long-term projections are for ten years out into the future and are updated every two years. The short-term projections are for two years into the future and are updated annually. Projections are done for Wisconsin as a whole and for Workforce Development Areas (WDA).

Long-term projections assist customers in long-run planning, while short-term projections help inform customers of more immediate employment conditions. Students, job seekers, and counselors may use the projections to explore employment in occupations and industries. Educational institutions may use occupational projections to evaluate degree and/or course offerings. Researchers may use the data in analyses of Wisconsin's labor market. Employers may use the data to examine expected employment in industries and occupations.

Visit Understanding Wisconsin's Job Outlook: Industry & Occupation Projections in Brief (pdf) for a review of the 2018-2028 projections or Wisconsin Recovery Report(pdf) for a review of the 2021-2023 short term projections.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

Projections Portal

Projections of occupational employment growth are developed for all states and the nation as a whole. One of the most important uses of the projections is to help individuals make informed career decisions. Information on this site allows projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared among States. It also allows projected employment growth among occupations to be compared within one state.

Projections Central

Data Used to Create Projections

  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Current Employment Statistics (CES)
  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW, CEW or ES-202)
  • Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
  • BLS Employment Projections

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The information on this site is updated regularly. The same search run at another time may produce different results.

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