Madison tech jobs surge 16% since 2008
An analysis from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum shows Madison adding 54,000 technology jobs over the past 10 years. In fact, jobs flourished across the state since 2008, with more people in higher-paying positions and fewer people at the other end of the spectrum.
The Madison area experienced a 120.2 percent increase in technology jobs during that stretch, far outpacing any other metro area in the state. Green Bay, which increased tech jobs by 56.1 percent, came in a distant second, and the Milwaukee metro area only increased tech jobs by 25.5 percent.
The top five categories gaining jobs across the dairy state between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, include: Personal Care & Service (+42,240 jobs); Business & Financial Operations; Computer & Mathematical; Health-Care Practitioners & Technical; and Management (+19.390).
Categories losing jobs over the 10-year period were: Office & Administrative Support (-28,580); Sales/Related; Health-Care Support; Building/Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance; and Transportation/Material Moving (-8,180).
Interestingly, Madison also saw an increase in production jobs, occupations typically associated with manufacturing (+16.0 percent), outpacing the Milwaukee area (-13.3 percent).
Wisconsin jobs recovered overall over the past decade, surging to 72,000 jobs above its previous peak.