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Workforce

The Milwaukee Region offers a well-educated, skilled and dedicated workforce. The Federal Reserve ranks it the most productive region in the Midwest and the ninth most productive region nationwide.

Nearly 85 percent of the region’s working age residents are high school graduates, more than half have attended college and approximately 26 percent are college graduates – exceeding the national average. More than 18,000 people graduate from the region’s universities and colleges each year.

While known as a manufacturing center, the service, technology and health care sectors have experienced the most rapid growth in recent years. Between 1990 and 2007, service firms added more than 140,000 jobs, a 22 percent increase, while heath care and social assistance positions increased more than 50 percent with the addition of 46,000 positions. More than 90,000 people are employed in technology positions.

Management and professional occupations account for 35 percent of the workforce, followed by sales and office occupations (27 percent); production, transportation and material moving occupations (18 percent); service occupations (13 percent) and construction (7 percent).

Click on the following links for statistics on the Milwaukee Region's labor force and wage rates.

Mega City Status

The Milwaukee-Chicago Region is one of 25 world

Mega Cities

defined by the United Nations as a metropolitan area with a population of 10 million or more.