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Series: Wisconsin's 21st-Century Workforce

Manufacturing and agriculture have historically reigned supreme in Wisconsin's economy. But automation and consolidation in those sectors, and a shifting emphasis toward service- and technology-based industries, means the nature of work is changing rapidly. As workers across the state seek to start their careers, pursue better jobs, or find themselves struggling to reap the benefits of economic growth, they're looking for new opportunities wherever they might find them, including outside Wisconsin. As demographic and workforce shifts shape the state's future, political and business leaders are looking to attract and retain workers with advanced skills and education. These efforts are related to larger forces affecting Wisconsin's future, including population decline in rural areas, the role of higher education, and how public resources are used to develop the economy.
 
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It's a busy afternoon at Sherman Phoenix on Milwaukee's north side. The 30 restaurants and small shops at the business incubator are nearly all owned by African Americans. Many of the owners are women.
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High-paying jobs in Wisconsin are on the rise, according to a report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum. The report's author, Joe Peterangelo, discusses the state's overall employment trends, how they're growing in metro areas, and what's happening with high- and low-wage jobs.
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Significant disparities between black and white people persist in Wisconsin in terms of income, unemployment and homeownership in Wisconsin. The African American Leadership Alliance In Milwaukee board president Antonio Riley discusses the group's efforts to address these issues.
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Missy Hughes is the new secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and discusses the future of projects of Foxconn and other agency priorities, including manufacturing and workforce development.
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Anchors away! A long legacy of shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay continues at the yards of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. Using modern techniques and equipment, workers stay on top of many moving parts to assemble those massive vessels that sail the Great Lakes.
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Research shows that Wisconsin trails behind other states when it comes to new business development. University of Wisconsin-Extension community development specialist Matthew Kures discusses its potential impact on the state's economy.
New business startups led by entrepreneurs are vital to a vibrant and strong economy, and, in entrepreneurship, Wisconsin tends to lag other states.
Wisconsin is expected to be short at least 700 primary care providers by the year 2035. Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce executive director George Quinn discussed how the state is working to bridge the impending shortfall of physicians.
The state of Wisconsin's efforts to attract and retain a younger workforce are coinciding with a growing public reckoning in Madison and surrounding Dane County with the fact that many of its minority residents don't necessarily experience the city as welcoming or inclusive
Madison Common Council president Samba Baldeh and Latino Professionals Association board chair Tania Ibarra discuss diversity in the workplace, examining how the number of diverse voices decreases in positions of increasing authority.