An aging population and lack of business start ups are being blamed for Wisconsin's less than impressive job growth. Since 1996 Wisconsin has outperformed national job creation only 27% of the time.
A majority of the older generation will be nearing retirement by the end of the decade. The ideal thing would be to backfill the gap with the younger generation. But they may not be as qualified as their predecessors.
Pair that with a shortfall of new businesses in Wisconsin and it the future could look bleak. But is it?
For about a decade Northeast Wisconsin has been preparing by aligning workforce development, economic development and education. It would appear that key sectors are indeed starting to turn around. Leaders in the manufacturing industry will tell you that some companies are in the process of major expansions to their facilities.