A tale of two Wisconsins

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Call it “the two Wisconsins,” as the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance presciently did two years before the Great Recession: While Dane County booms and the bigger cities in the Fox River Valley and western Wisconsin prosper, the rest of the state is largely mired in a downturn that is a recession in all but name. > Isthmus

Lawmakers put growing workforce crisis front and center at legislative hearing

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Responding to a growing workforce shortage in Wisconsin, state lawmakers are calling for more legislative action to expedite worker training and attract more people to the state. On Friday the Assembly and Senate workforce committees held a joint informational hearing on the topic with testimony from a dozen invited speakers. > Wisconsin State Journal

State’s unemployment rate great, but other economic factors are cause for concern

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A report from the nonpartisan think tank Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) highlights that the health of the state’s economy can’t be encompassed in a single statistic. “(The) unemployment rate, so often touted by the Governor, is just one indicator; other data help draw a picture that is markedly less worthy of celebration,” it states. > Cap Times

Watch or read: Wisconsin tax cuts did more harm than good, study finds

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A new study has found that recent tax cuts in Wisconsin actually hurt the state’s economy. Comparing Kansas to Wisconsin, the study found that 30 percent more jobs could have been created from 2011 to 2015 if it were not for the tax cuts, and that unemployment and poverty rates would have been lower. > Wisconsin Public Television

Preliminary data show May to be 2017’s worst Wisconsin jobs month

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Wisconsin added 14,800 non-farm jobs in April, but took a downswing in May, losing 3,200 private and 1,600 government jobs. That makes May the worst month in 2017 for jobs in Wisconsin, according to preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. > The Cap Times

Annual report card released on state’s economic, environmental and social sustainability

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Believing “what gets measured gets managed”, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has released its annual State of Wisconsin Sustainability Report, which measures our economic, environmental and social performance in areas such as employment, business startups, electricity rates, solar installations, rate of stroke, percent of water with high lead levels, and many other measurable. > Press release

A tale of two metros: Job growth in Milwaukee area vs. Madison area

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2016 was Wisconsin’s worst year for private sector job growth since 2009, and metro Milwaukee was a negatively contributing factor. Milwaukee and Kenosha counties saw significant losses, and even metro Milwaukee as a whole showed less gain than the state’s anemic overall growth of 0.50 percent. Dane and Winnebago counties, meanwhile, enjoyed growth four times the state average.  > BizTimes Milwaukee