Office of Economic Advisors
The Office of Economic Advisors (OEA) researches the relationships between labor markets and other economic and demographic factors. OEA economists and analysts serve in regions through out Wisconsin. Staff works closely with partners to provide timely analysis of labor market data and economic trends.
Analysis and Outreach
With rigorous quantitative analysis and in-depth regional expertise, OEA helps customers interpret and apply data to influence Wisconsin's labor force and employment trends. Economists and analysts produce articles, renderings, special reports and presentations on the state of the economy.
- Piecing Together our Puzzling Economy (PPT 2.2 MB) (PDF 4.3 MB). An examination of a number of indicators to better understand the economy. (November, 2013)
- Wisconsin's Future Economic Outlook (PPT 3.2 MB) (PDF 1.0 MB). A look at what to expect in Wisconsin's Future. (October, 2013)
- I Don't Feel So Bad. An economic outlook in times of uncertainty (July, 2013).
- North Central Wisconsin: Labor Trends - Q2: A quarterly economic brief that highlights productive economic activity during 2012. (June, 2013)
- County-to-County Worker Flows in Wisconsin (PDF 1.4 MB). Commuting estimates for Wisconsin's 72 counties. (May, 2013)
- The State of the Economy and Future Workforce Considerations (PPT 4.0 MB) (PDF 3.0). Analysis of trends that will impact the state's economy. (February, 2013)
- North Central Wisconsin: Labor Trends - Q4: A quarterly economic brief that looks back at the "Great Recession" and looks forward at what to expect in the new year. (January, 2013)
- Cliffs, Carols, or Coal. An economic Outlook for the New Year (November, 2012).
- OEA's Health Care Workforce Analysis. Includes a nurse forecasting project and physician and physician assistant workforce analysis. (Ongoing)
The Impact of Population Aging on Wisconsin's Labor Force. An examination of the long-term effects of
Wisconsin's shifting demographics on the state's labor force.
OEA publishes monthly and annual reports that provide an overview of county and state trends.
- Industry Employment Projections and Occupation Projections provide short and long-term outlooks of statewide and regional employment.
- County Workforce Profiles provide snapshots of the labor market in every Wisconsin county. Topics include current and projected population dynamics, industry employment, wages, and personal income.
- Occupational Employment Statistics and Labor Supply Area Wages provide occupational wage estimates for metropolitan areas and customized non-metropolitan regions.
- County (and WDA) and Metropolitan Statistical Area labor force and employment quick tables package current regional unemployment, labor force, and employment estimates into easy to use spreadsheets.
- Economic Indicators measure Wisconsin's economic and labor market conditions.
- Affirmative Action provide county level demographic overviews.
- Articles and Reports cover relevant topics regarding Wisconsin's economy and workforce.
- Presentations posted online provide a sampling of presentations delivered by OEA staff.
- WDA Profiles and Economic Development Region Profiles provide a data only snapshots of regional economies.
- Health Care Workforce Analysis includes special reports covering Registered Nurse Forecasting and the physician workforce.
Dennis Winters, the Department of Workforce Development's Chief Economist, provides periodic renderings on the state of the economy. They can be found on the Chief Economist Page.