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Workforce Development

The Jefferson County area has a highly dynamic workforce that draws upon over 450,000 employees within 20 miles. With several local industries announcing the growth of their workforce in 2016 and also the recent announcement of a similar number of layoffs (around about 1,000 workers both for expansion and dislocation – about half of which come from ag/food/beverage) there is a window of opportunity for local employers to grow their employee base at an accelerated pace. In addition, through a survey of local businesses the JCEDC has found about 1,000 new jobs are being added to the workforce by local employers in 2016.

The Jefferson County area holds an enviable position within the emerging innovation economy in Southeastern Wisconsin. The area itself is home to innovative industry leaders in agriculture, business, information technology, engineering and other fields. Institutional ties help fuel and facilitate this growth, including the UW-Whitewater, with its acclaimed programs in information technology and business as well as its local business development initiatives; and Madison College (formerly MATC), which continues to expand its presence and ability to transfer skills and expertise to the workforce of Jefferson County. Furthermore, the County is situated between Wisconsin's core of academia, research and commercialization in Madison and of applied research and industry in Milwaukee. Regional initiatives extending from these core assets aim to grow our state's economy through support and investment for innovation, commercialization, and new and advancing businesses.

WOrkforce Profile

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Department of Workforce Development

The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.


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