Workforce Development Area Directory

WDA 11 - Southwest

Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and Rock Counties

Board Web Directory:

Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board

Labor Market Economist:

William Brockmiller

email or call (608) 785-9337

William (Bill) Brockmiller is the regional economist for the Western and Southwestern Regions of Wisconsin in the Office of Economic Advisors. He graduated from University of Upper Iowa in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in Marketing with additional emphasis in Economics. Bill also attended UW Madison. Bill has been working for OEA since August 1994 and for the State of Wisconsin overall since January 1990. Bill is known for his ability to explain complex concepts in layman's language and his work in providing Labor Market Information to DWD's Unemployment Insurance Division.

Description

The Southwest region is composed of 6 counties; Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland, and Rock. Rock County is the dominant county in the region accounting for 52 percent of the region's population, 50 percent of the region's labor force, and 55 percent of the nonfarm jobs.

In much of the Southwest region, trade, transportation, & utilities is the dominant major industry sector as 25 percent of jobs in the Southwest Wisconsin are in this industry group. The second largest industry section in the region is education and health services accounting for 23 percent of jobs in the region; and in third place is the manufacturing sector with 16 percent of the jobs. Lafayette County is one of only four Wisconsin Counties where 40 percent or more of total county employment is directly related to farming or farm related products.

Per the 2010 Census, the population of the region was 310,066 an increase of six percent since the 2000 Census. In 2016 the region's annual average labor force was 167,100 with almost 160,200 of those persons employed. The region's annual average unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in 2016. There were 118,419 nonfarm jobs in the region, an increase of 12.7 percent since 1992. The average annual pay in 2016 for the Southwest region was $40,048, which was 87 percent of the state average. The area's metropolitan county, Rock, had average wages of $42,899 in 2016, 93 percent of the state average.

The Southwest region has 4,435 square miles in land area and a population density of 69.9 people per square mile.

The region has a total of 182 K-12 public schools, seven post-secondary schools, including three Wisconsin Technical College Campuses.

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Regional Information

County Profiles

Occupational & Industry Employment Downloads

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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

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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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