Manufacturing Employment Trends

Wisconsin Metro Areas

August 2020 Update

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Manufacturing in Wisconsin's metropolitan areas continues to recover by adding a further 2,100 jobs in July.

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 August 21, 2020.

Observation 1

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

Name% increase change in jobs
Madison2.1%700
Sheboygan1.9%400
Fond du Lac1.8%200
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN1.2%100
Janesville-Beloit1.0%100

Observation 2

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

Namechange in jobs% increase
Madison7002.1%
Sheboygan4001.9%
Green Bay3001.0%
Fond du Lac2001.8%
Appleton2000.9%

Observation 3

Only one Wisconsin metro area recorded manufacturing job losses in July 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Racine-1.6%-300

Observation 4

The state's 5 largest manufacturing cities added a combined total of 1,800 manufacturing jobs last month led by Madison and Sheboygan metro areas.

Nametotal jobschange in jobs
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis109,700200
Madison34,600700
Green Bay30,900300
Appleton23,600200
Sheboygan21,900400

Observation 5

The 5 Wisconsin metro areas with the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs (measured by location quotient) added a combined total of 500 manufacturing jobs in July.

NameLQchange in jobs
Sheboygan4.2400
Wausau3.2100
Fond du Lac2.8200
Racine2.7-300
Oshkosh-Neenah2.6100

Observation 6

In July 2020, there were 22,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin metros than in July 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 June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Michigan1.1%4,900
California0.7%8,700
Wisconsin0.7%2,100
Texas-0.1%-800
Illinois-0.5%-2,300
Indiana-0.7%-2,300
Ohio-1.5%-7,500
Want to know more?

Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at www.ecdev.org/Insight/job-tracker. 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 https://www.bls.gov/ces/. Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at https://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/topic/geographic-area-definitions.htm.   

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