In the U.S., the recession is over, but employment continues to fall, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Between December 2007 and August 2009, Wisconsin lost 138,900 jobs, which is almost equal to the number of working-aged adults in Madison. According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the state’s unemployment rate has already doubled from a year ago, and further drops in state employment are likely before a rebound occurs. In the next year or two, 21% of leading Wisconsin CEOs plan to expand in the state, with 52% planning to expand in another state or country. What workforce strategies can attract and retain employers in Wisconsin? What job opportunities are emerging in the clean energy industry? How can Wisconsin ensure the economic future of its workforce and its families?
Workforce Training: What Works? Who Benefits?
by Harry Holzer
Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Sector Strategies: Revisioning State Workforce Policies
by Larry Good
Chairman, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Jobs in a Clean Energy Economy: Science, Engineering, and Policy Perspectives
by Daniel Kammen
Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, and Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
- Wisconsin’s Workforce Development System (pdf)
Adapted with permission from a September 2008 publication developed by the Public Policy Forum