DWD Receives 2022 Community, Economic and Workforce Research Award

Tony EversGovernor

Amy PechacekDesignated Secretary

Workforce Development Department

201 E. Washington Avenue
Box 7946
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7946
Phone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

MADISON – The Office of Economic Advisors in the Department of Workforce Development has received the 2022 Community, Economic and Workforce Research Award for Best Regional Resilience from the Council for Community and Economic Research . DWD economists received the award for research and data analysis supporting business, economic and workforce development activities at the regional level with county workforce profiles.

Wisconsin has seen big changes in its economic recovery from the pandemic. The state’s monthly unemployment rate hit an all-time low, while the number of employees hit an all-time high. For the 12 months ending in July, Wisconsin added 40,100 private sector jobs and 36,300 total nonfarm jobs. Meanwhile, the labor force participation rate, at 66.2% in July, was 4.1 percentage points higher than the national rate of 62.1%. The volume of weekly unemployment insurance claims, which hit all-time highs during the pandemic, has plunged to a historic weekly low this year.

“With all of these changes, it’s crucial that employers and job seekers are armed with resources to successfully navigate the new workforce landscape,” said DWD Secretary-designate Amy Pechacek. “DWD provides this resource with its award-winning County Workforce Profiles.”

Every two years, DWD economists compile and distill local data on Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The county workforce profiles highlight the latest locally available data and are a valuable resource for all labor, commerce and government partners, as well as the general public. These snapshots have become an essential tool for economic development professionals, regional planners, researchers, business leaders, policy makers, students and workers considering new employment opportunities. The latest profiles reveal the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The data and analysis set the stage for Wisconsin’s robust recovery, highlighting the resilience of the state’s workforce, the strength of its economy and industries poised for job growth.

“The Office of Economic Advisers is proud to accept this award and it is a pleasure to be recognized for our staff’s dedication to providing accurate and timely information to stakeholders, partners and citizens,” said Dennis Winters, chief economist of the DWD.

Through partnership, engagement and innovation, DWD is proud to provide resources such as the county’s award-winning workforce profiles to help create a better workforce and advance the workforce. Wisconsin’s booming economy.

View Award-Winning County Workforce Profiles


The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development effectively delivers effective and inclusive services to meet the diverse current and future needs of Wisconsin’s workforce. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers, and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker’s Compensation, labor and administrative services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for press releases and follow us on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

Michael A. Bynum