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2126, 09 Oct 14

Biggest Threat to Wisconsin Economy?


Population trends is one of those overlooked topics — “the huge elephant in the room,” Berry called it — and more telling of the state’s economic future than other commonly cited statistics, such as unemployment rates. Wisconsin’s population is slowing, and as the baby boomer generation ages and retires, the state workforce is “going to be flat for a long time,” Berry said.

“We have a big hunk of people moving through the population that is now on the verge of leaving,” Berry said about baby boomers.

This, combined with more than 15 years of plateauing enrollment in Wisconsin schools, will lead to sluggish growth in the state’s workforce, Berry said, and this could lead to slow economic growth. After all, if the workforce is flat, then job growth likely will be flat, he said.


2126, 09 October 2014


  1. Hello

    The chicken or the egg?

    What comes first the jobs or the workers?

    All lack of workers will likely result in able bodied and educated people moving here so long as state and local governments don’t create a Detroit type atmosphere here

  2. steveegg

    That demographic time bomb is only half of it. The other half is more and more of the working-age population believes Todd Rundgren wrote their national anthem.

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