Workforce Development Area Directory

WDA 6 - North Central

Adams, Wood, Portage, Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Vilas, Oneida, and Forest Counties

Board Web Directory:

North Central Workforce Development Board

Labor Market Economist:

Mitchell Rupp

email or call (715) 261-8728

Mitchell Rupp is the regional economist of North Central Wisconsin for the Office of Economic Advisors. He graduated from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Economics. Mitchell has been working for the OEA since January of 2017. Economics is one of his passions and he looks forward to expanding and utilizing his skills for the OEA.

Description

The North Central region is composed of nine counties; starting from the south, Adams, Wood, Portage, Marathon, Lincoln, Langlade, Vilas, Oneida, and Forest. The central counties of Portage, Marathon, and Wood dominate the area with the highest populations and heaviest concentrations of manufacturing employment, as well as being the sites of two major insurance companies and a world-class medical facility. The three dominant counties in the region account for about two-thirds of the region's population, just under 70% of the region's labor force, and about 75% percentage of the jobs.

The counties in the North Central region are also home to some of the largest paper mills in the world, as well as several college campuses. In recent times, especially in the northern counties of the district, tourism has become a year-round industry, with the winter months nearly as important as the summer in many areas.

However, as tourism grows in importance, the once-solid sphere of paper manufacturing in the Wisconsin River Valley faces an uncertain future as overcapacity and nearly flat demand worldwide causes layoffs and permanent machine shutdowns. Rumors of plant closings are persistent enough to make even the optimistic uncomfortable.

The North Central region has one characteristic that is not necessarily shared with all other areas or individual counties of the state: a certain variety of industrial elements which are more or less in balance throughout the year, and during the changing seasonal movements of the region. This is especially true of the central counties, where the main components of manufacturing, trade, service, and the remainder industries share about one quarter each of the job landscape. Also, manufacturing enterprise produce a greater variety of goods than one might expect from a relatively rural area. Along with the wider range of employment choices, this tends to act as a buffer in periods of economic fluctuation, a characteristic that seems to modify the grosser effects of employment slumps.

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Regional Information

County Profiles

Occupational & Industry Employment Downloads

File Name File Type File Size Description
Long Term: 2014-2024 Occupational Projections - WDA Excel 1,136 KB Regional Occupational Employment Projections
Long Term: 2014-2024 Industry Employment Projections - WDA Excel 48.8 KB Regional Industry Employment Projections

State Information

Occupational & Industry Employment Downloads

File Name File Type File Size Description
Short Term: 2016-2018 Industry Employment Projections - Statewide Excel 38 KB Statewide Industry Employment Projections
Long Term: 2014-2024 Industry Employment Projections - Statewide Excel 41 KB Statewide Industry Employment Projections
Short Term: 2016-2018 Occupational Projections - Statewide Excel 135 KB Statewide Occupational Employment Projections
Long Term: 2014-2024 Occupational Projections - Statewide Excel 141 KB Statewide Occupational Employment Projections

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