The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that, as of March 2018, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had an unemployment rate of 3.1%, a full percentage point below the national average of 4.1% at that same time. In May 2016, the BLS noted that the average hourly wage for workers in this region was $23.73.
BeerHistory.com states that, as home to multiple breweries, Milwaukee was once known as the 'beer capital of the world'. Although numerous breweries still exist in Milwaukee, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) notes that they do not rank among the top employers in the city. Read on for more information about the largest employers and the jobs with the fastest growth.
Many large companies are located in and around Milwaukee, and it's the headquarters city for eight Fortune 1000 companies. The MMAC website reports that, according to the MMAC Business Resource Guide and MMAC estimates, the following were the top ten largest employers in the Milwaukee region as of 2016:
- Aurora Health Care
- Ascension Wisconsin
- Froedtert Health
- Kroger Co./Roundy's
- Kohl's Corporation
- Quad/Graphics, Inc.
- GE Healthcare Technologies
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- Northwestern Mutual
- ProHealth Care, Inc.
With four of the top ten employers in the Milwaukee region being in the healthcare industry, it makes sense that several of the fastest growing occupations in this area are in healthcare services. Statistics, data analysis and science jobs also feature on this list. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Wisconsin's WORKnet, the following are projected to be among the fastest-growing occupations in the Milwaukee Workforce Development Area (WDA) over the 2014-2024 decade:
- Mechanical Insulation Workers
- Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Animal Trainers
- Operations Research Analysts
- Mathematical Science Occupations
- Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
- Personal Care Aides
- Biochemists and Biophysicists