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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…

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…