Research

Research 07/08/2019

The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 2nd Edition

Forward Analytics, the research division of the Wisconsin Counties Association, has announced the publication of The Green Book, A Book of County Facts, 2nd Edition. This fact book provides a wide range of information on county government structure, county population and economies, county finances, and development. New this year is information on veterans and school-age populations. “Our counties perform critical…

Research 04/15/2019

Falling Behind: Migration Changes & State Workforce

A new report issued on April 15, 2019 by Forward Analytics, Falling Behind: Migration Changes and State Workforce, reveals troubling trends for the future of Wisconsin’s workforce landscape. “Wisconsin has too few young people to replace retiring baby boomers over the next 15 years, so the state must turn to migration to grow its workforce,” said Forward Analytics Director…

Research 04/03/2019

Millennial Wisconsin: Is Wisconsin Attractive to This Generation?

For decades, baby boomers drove labor force changes, both nationally and in Wisconsin. Now, as they retire, they are being replaced by millennials, a group that will approach 40% of the workforce over the next few years. The challenge for Wisconsin, and other states, is to attract and retain this group. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Wisconsin…

Research 02/04/2019

Here’s Why the Birth Rate Is So Low in the United States

According to a recent report from Healthline, millennials can be blamed for a lot of things.  They killed landline phones. They destroyed movie rental stores. They even get flack for the decline in bar soap use. Now they might be getting credit, whether fair or not, for the decline in the birth rate in the United States. Millennials are having…

Research 12/15/2018

WCA County Officials Statewide Survey

A popular piece of advice for speakers, businesses, and others is some form of “know your __,” whether it is ‘audience,’ ‘customer,’ or something else. In 2016 and again this year, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) took that advice to heart. While WCA staff spend significant time getting to know members personally, the association felt a statistical snapshot of…