Manufacturing Employment Trends

Wisconsin Metro Areas

July 2020 Update


Manufacturing in Wisconsin's metropolitan areas has sustained the recovery that commenced in May by adding a further 4,400 manufacturing jobs in June.

Using Localintel's free and publicly accessible Industry Job Tracker, this report provides 7 observations highlighting changes in manufacturing employment levels for the state's metro areas. At the time of writing, the Tracker draws on the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as released on July 17, 2020.

Observation 1

These 5 Wisconsin metro areas recorded the steepest increase in manufacturing jobs in June 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from May 2020):

Rank Metro Area Change Percentage New Jobs
1Fond du Lac4.8% increase+500 jobs
2Eau Claire4.7% increase+500 jobs
3Sheboygan3.9% increase+800 jobs
4La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN3.8% increase+300 jobs
5Oshkosh-Neenah3.4% increase+700 jobs

Observation 2

These 5 Wisconsin metro areas experienced the largest gains in manufacturing jobs last month (measured by the change in the number of manufacturing jobs from May 2020):

Metro Area New Jobs
Sheboygan+800 jobs
Oshkosh-Neenah+700 jobs
Fond du Lac+500 jobs
Eau Claire+500 jobs
Wausau+500 jobs

Observation 3

Almost every Wisconsin metro experienced an increase in manufacturing jobs last month. The only exceptions were Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis and Janesville-Beloit, which experienced no net change in June.

Observation 4

The 5 Wisconsin metro areas with the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs (measured by location quotient) added a combined total of 2,900 manufacturing jobs in June.

Metro Area Location Quotient Change Percentage New Jobs
Sheboygan4.063.9%+800 jobs
Wausau3.172.7%+500 jobs
Racine2.722.2%+400 jobs
Oshkosh-Neenah2.643.4%+700 jobs
Fond du Lac2.644.8%+500 jobs

Observation 5

The state's 5 largest manufacturing cities generated 34% of all new manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin's metros last month.

Metro Area New Jobs
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West AllisNo net change in jobs
Madison+400 jobs
Green Bay+100 jobs
Appleton+200 jobs
Sheboygan+800 jobs

Observation 6

The state's manufacturing sector is on the road to recovery but there remain 22,300 fewer manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin metros than there were in June 2019.

Observation 7

Here’s how Wisconsin’s recovery compares with the country’s other leading manufacturing states (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from May 2020):

Metro Area Change % New Jobs
Michigan metros:20.2% increase+76,800 jobs
Indiana metros 3.5% increase+11,000 jobs
Illinois metros:3.2% increase +14,600 jobs
Ohio metros 2.9% increase+14,600 jobs
California metros:2.6% increase+30,100 jobs
Wisconsin metros:1.4% increase+4,400 jobs
Texas metros:0.2% increase+1,600 jobs
Want to know more?

Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at We created the Tracker to help economic developers and policy makers keep an eye on employment change in the nation’s metropolitan areas. The online tool draws on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is updated monthly by Localintel.

Data source

Localintel’s Industry Job Tracker presents data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment survey). The establishment survey provides information on employment, hours, and earnings of employees on nonfarm payrolls. BLS collects this data each month from a sample of over 390,000 establishments employing over 47 million nonfarm wage and salary workers, full or part time, who receive pay during the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month. According to the BLS, statistics based on the establishment survey are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence. The BLS does not seasonally adjust the industry specific employment data for metro areas. Localintel updates the Industry Job Tracker each month with the latest BLS establishment survey data for metro areas. The Tracker identifies the period to which the data applies and when the last update occurred. More information about the Current Employment Statistics program can be found at Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at   

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