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Examining The Skills Gap in Wisconsin. Prepared for the Wisconsin Legislative Council Jennifer Cunha Megan Loritz Ben Nerad Phil Sletten. Presentation Overview. ● W hat is the Skills Gap? ● L iterature Review ● I ndicator Analysis ● P rojection Analysis

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Examining The Skills Gap in Wisconsin

Prepared for the Wisconsin Legislative Council

Jennifer Cunha

Megan Loritz

Ben Nerad

Phil Sletten


Presentation Overview

    • ● What is the Skills Gap?
  • ●Literature Review
  • ● Indicator Analysis
  • ● Projection Analysis
  • ● Current Policies
  • ● Policy Recommendations

What is the Skills Gap?

    • ● As unemployment remains high, some employers say it is difficult to find workers with sufficient skills for available positions
  • ● Suggests that the supply of skilled workers in the state does not sufficiently meet the demand

Literature Review

  • ● Companies Face Shortage of Trained Workers
    • (Sullivan 2012; Competitive Wisconsin 2012 /Be Bold 2 report)
  • ● Wage Levels Offered by Employers Too Low
    • Skills mismatch may be corrected if companies offered higher wages
    • (Davidson 2012; Holzer 2013*)
  • ● Macroeconomic Impacts of Recent Recession
    • Weak aggregate demand for products/services insufficient to strain a companies’ workforce, employers have little incentive to hire
    • (Levine 2013; Şahin, Song, Topa, Violante 2012; Lazear,Spletzer 2012)
                  • *Holzer explains, but does not necessarily support, this interpretation.

Wisconsin’s Economy: Economic Indicators

    • ●Used by economists to analyze the economic performance and make predictions
    • ● Indicators may suggest magnitude of a skills gap using economic theory
  • ● We explored the following economic indicators:
    • Unemployment rates by level of education
    • Educational attainment of persons in low-skill jobs
    • Occupations with the most projected job openings

Wisconsin’s Economy: Economic Indicators

    • ● Unemployment rate for college-educated, “skilled” workers persists at nearly twice its pre-recession rate
  • Unemployment Rates in Wisconsin by Education Level 2000, 2005, & 2011

Wisconsin’s Economy: Economic Indicators

    • ● Many Wisconsin college-educated workers are employed in jobs that require less education than they possess
  • Educational Attainment of Persons in Wisconsin in Jobs Requiring Less than a High School Diploma, 2010

Wisconsin’s Economy: Economic Indicators

    • ● Underemployment and over-qualification are relatively new phenomena in Wisconsin’s labor market
  • Percent of Jobholders in Low-Skill Occupations Holding Bachelor’s Degrees or More in Wisconsin, 2000- 2010

Economic Indicators: Results

  • ● Economic indicators do not suggest a skills gap in Wisconsin’s labor force
  • ● Educated individuals may continue to lack job opportunities at skill level
    • Almost all of the top 20 occupations with the largest projected job growth require a high school degree or less (DWD Projections)

Projection Methods

  • ● Demand: DWD Projections
  • ●Supply: Graduates from Wisconsin Institutions
    • High schools, colleges and universities, GED earners
    • Adjusted for estimated migration, workforce participation
    • Adjustments for potential anomalies caused by recessions
  • ●Projections Methods
    • Upper and lower bounds, accounts for some uncertainty
    • Regression models, percent changes based on previous years (2000 to 2011)
    • Official projections where available (high school)

Implications of Projection Analysis

  • ●Little evidence of skills gap by education level
  • ●Slight undersupply of highest educated
    • Likely medical doctors and lawyers
  • ●More high-skill workers than jobs available
    • Many job openings at the high school or less level
    • Workers with some college or more may not find jobs to match education level
    • Only in aggregate, not for specific skills

Individual Occupation Analysis

  • ●Skills gaps exist for specific occupations
    • Analysis based on high levels of demand, degree specificity
    • Included occupations:
      • Registered Nurses
      • General and Operations Managers
      • Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
      • Elementary School Teachers
      • Middle and High School Teachers
      • Accountants and Auditors
      • Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
      • Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Training Specialists
      • Computer and Information Systems Workers

Individual Occupation Analysis Results

  • Middle and High School Teacher Projection Analysis, 2012-2020

Individual Occupation Analysis Results

Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Training Projection Analysis, 2012-2020


Individual Occupation Analysis Results

Computer Science and Information Systems Projection Analysis, 2012-2020


Current Workforce Development Policies

  • ●Workforce Training
      • Wisconsin Works (W-2) program
      • Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
  • ●Education Programs
      • Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs
      • Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
      • University of Wisconsin System
  • ●Recent Proposals
      • More WTCS and FoodShare recipient funding
      • Grants for new employee training
      • DWD Labor Market Information System

Policy Recommendations

  • ●Monitor Projections of the Skills Gap
    • Include supply/demand projections in DWD’s Labor Market Information System
  • ●Promote a High-Skill Economy
    • Commission to explore how state could promote a high-skill economy
    • Incentivize venture capital and start-ups
    • Encourage students to get degrees in areas with projected skills gaps
    • Targeted programming for skills in computer sciences
  • ●Ease Transitions to Workforce
    • College Scorecard and Labor Market Information System
    • Expanded funding for experiential learning programs in high school
    • Make it easier for adults to go back to school

For further information

Contact the La Follette School’s publications office at 608-263-7657 or [email protected]

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