Newest Labor Statistics Confirm That Wisconsin Leads the Nation in Manufacturing-to-Government Job Ratio


December 13, 2010

A new analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS) through October 2010 shows that Wisconsin still has the nation’s highest ratio of
manufacturing jobs to government jobs. Wisconsin’s ratio is nearly double that of the nation as a
whole. Only Indiana’s is in the same range as Wisconsin’s. All other states have many more
government jobs than manufacturing jobs.

“We’re not sure if this is an important statistic,” said Jon Peacock, director of the Wisconsin
Budget Project. “But if the ratio of manufacturing jobs to government jobs is in fact an important
indicator of economic well-being, then we should be celebrating Wisconsin’s status, not
lamenting it as some observers have been doing in recent months.” Read the full press release.