Research

Research 06/15/2020

Economic Activity in a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April

A new report by Forward Analytics, Economic Activity During a Pandemic: Wisconsin Taxable Sales in March & April, shows the varying impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our state’s economy. See the full report here. According to recently released data from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, taxable sales in Wisconsin declined 10.5% in March and April compared to…

Research 06/02/2020

Deconstructing Depopulation: Rural Characteristics & Population Change

A new report from Forward Analytics, Deconstructing Depopulation: Rural Characteristics & Population Change, looks at rural population decline through two lenses: the source of the loss and the county characteristics that are related to population losses and gains. The study shows that the source of Wisconsin’s rural losses was quite different from losses nationally. The report is the second…

Research 02/06/2020

The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences

A new Forward Analytics report, The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences, found that from 2010-2018, two thirds of rural counties in Wisconsin lost population. That percentage was up from 44% during 2000-10, and in rural counties across the nation, a similar pattern has emerged. “The pattern of rural counties growing more slowly than urban ones has a…

Research 10/21/2019

“The Birth Dearth: Falling Fertility Rates, Fewer Babies”

With the number of births in Wisconsin continuing to decline, the state could be headed toward a natural decrease in population, where deaths exceed births, by 2026. This is one of several important findings in “The Birth Dearth: Falling Fertility Rates, Fewer Babies”, a new report from Forward Analytics. “During 2007-2018, the number of babies born in Wisconsin declined more…

Research 07/18/2019

An Economic Evolution: Job Growth, Pay and Education Since 2012

Forward Analytics has released An Economic Evolution: Job Growth, Pay and Education Since 2012. The report, from the research division of the Wisconsin Counties Association, shows a growing economy that is evolving into one in which jobs require more education and skills. It also documents an economy in which job growth is not occurring in low paying occupations, but…