Workforce Development Area Directory

WDA 3 - W.O.W.

Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha Counties

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W.O.W. Workforce Development Board

Labor Market Economist

Wandy Miezio

email or call 262-695-7767

Wandy Miezio is a regional economist with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Her region includes the seven southeastern counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha. She is a life-long resident of the area, with degrees in economics and accounting from UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. She has taught both subjects at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College.

Description

Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties comprise the W-O-W Workforce Development Area (WDA). The WDA hosts a large population and job base, accounting for 11% of the state's population and 12% of the state's jobs. The three suburban W-O-W counties border Milwaukee County on the north and west, and together with Milwaukee, form the four-county Milwaukee Metropolitan Area, which is home to 27% of the state's population and 29% of the state's jobs. Because of convenient access to the Milwaukee job market, many Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington County residents work outside of their home counties and outside of the W-O-W WDA. The rate of out-commute is almost 40% in Waukesha County and over 50% in Washington and Ozaukee Counties.

The three suburban counties which make up the W-O-W WDA are not just bedroom communities of Milwaukee. The WDA has a strong, diversified mix of industries including Fortune 500 Kohl's Corporation and seventeen other large private sector businesses employing 1,000 or more workers. The WDA's largest sectors are trade, transportation, and utilities, which employ over one-fifth of the workforce, and manufacturing, which employs almost as many.

W-O-W residents enjoy the highest per capita income in the state, due in large part to access to high wage jobs both within the WDA and in neighboring Milwaukee County.

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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: 2017-2019 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: 2017-2019 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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