More than 1 in 7 U.S. private sector jobs depend on manufacturing. In all, the factory sector supports almost 18 million jobs here, including nearly 12 million directly within manufacturing and roughly 6 million jobs indirectly in sectors such as professional services, wholesaling, transportation, and agriculture. In Marathon County, Wisconsin, 29,564 jobs are directly related to manufacturing. This number translates into 35% of the total jobs in Marathon County and accounts for 38% of the total income in Marathon County.
Manufacturing generates more economic activity than any other sector. Every dollar of final sales in manufacturing generates $1.34 in economic activity throughout the rest of the economy, giving manufacturers a higher multiplier effect than any other sector.
However, Wisconsin, along with much of the nation, currently faces a workforce paradox - unemployment rates higher than most current workers can remember, and manufacturers limited by their ability to find skilled workers. This October, along with the state of Wisconsin, the Marathon County Development Corporation (MCDEVCO) is promoting manufacturing as a viable industry sector and career option in Marathon County.
During the month of October, MCDEVCO and several sponsors including Grubb &Ellis/Pfefferle, IROW, NWMOC-UW Stout, Northcentral Technical College, Koenig & Lundin, The Dirks Group, Woodtrust Bank, Associated Bank, Peoples State Bank, REI Engineering, Ruder Ware, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, Wausau Catering/The Rose Garden, and Wipfli will be hosting a variety of activities to celebrate manufacturing.
Written by Karen Nerison, Marketing Director, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce