Wisconsin’s fastest declining job is in advertising and promotions

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics, CommercialCafe, a real estate blog, recently looked at occupational decline from 2012 through 2021 to determine the fastest declining jobs in the U.S. The study found that the sharpest declines of the decade among photographic process workers and processing machine operators as well as motion picture projectionists. Professional dancers was another entertainment-related occupation included in the top 10.

Other jobs in the top 10 that saw the biggest declines in employment were extraction worker helpers; wood model makers and pattern makers; mining roof boaters; credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks; metal and plastic drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders; refractory materials repairers (except brick masons); and oil and gas derrick operators.

The fastest-declining job in Wisconsin was advertising and promotions managers, which decreased by 91% over 10 years. This decline translated to the number of employees in this occupation dropping from 530 in 2012 to 50 in 2021 — a loss of 480 Wisconsin advertising and promotions managers in a decade.

Business-related jobs registered the greatest drops in percentages across 12 other states besides Wisconsin, including its neighbors, Minnesota and Illinois.