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Workforce Development

Jefferson County has a burgeoning workforce with a large laborshed reaching from Madison to Milwaukee. With a workforce estimated at 41,000, our region has the skills needed to grow your business.

Jefferson County holds an enviable position within the emerging innovation economy in Southeastern Wisconsin. The County 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.

  • - Manufacturing sector averaged 10,414 jobs and $407 billion in payroll annually (2005). However between 2000 and 2005 manufacturing employment declined by 1,858 jobs or 15.1% (Department of Workforce Development (DWD) 2006)
    - Manufacturing and agriculture are the County‟s key economic drivers.
    - Retail and health care are the leading service industries.
    - Between 2001 and 2006 Jefferson County lost over 250 jobs while Dane and Waukesha Counties added a total of 30,000 jobs.
    - Jefferson County has a unique mix of niche economic sectors. The County is heavy in manufacturing but it is diverse.
    - Jefferson County industries include bikes, small engines, metal manufacturing and machines, plastics and furniture. Food production includes eggs, milk and meats. Jefferson County is the egg capital of the State.


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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