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Laura Dresser and Joel Rogers | Aug 31, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills
Labor Day 2008 brings generally bad news for Wisconsin's workers, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy reports in its latest The State of Working Wisconsin 2008, a biennial report on how the state and its workers are faring. Click here to read the report, or visit for more information.
Apr 22, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills
Mind the Gap! Women, Wages and the Pay Gap in Wisconsin, co-released by the COWS and the Wisconsin Women's Council, finds that Wisconsin women of all ages and education experience a substantial and persistent gender wage gap - earning only about 78 cents on the dollar compared with men.
Apr 15, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills

Two interconnected challenges are colliding in Wisconsin with potentially dire consequences for families and businesses. Demographic and workforce shifts are resulting in shortages of skilled workers for many industries, while at the same time many Wisconsinites aren’t receiving the education and training necessary to land a decent job with family-sustaining wages. A new report, Skilled Workers, Quality Jobs: Meeting the Needs of Wisconsin’s Workers and Businesses, addresses these two interrelated challenges and makes a series of policy recommendations to address them.

Apr 09, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills
The income disparity between Wisconsin’s richest and poorest families continues to widen, according to the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF). Their analysis, based on a new report by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, finds that the income gap is growing steadily and Wisconsin’s historic position as a state with shared prosperity is eroding.
Daniel Luria and Joel Rogers | Apr 01, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills, State & Local Policy

"Manufacturing, Regional Prosperity, and Public Policy" is a chapter from Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America's Older Industrial Areas, Richard M. McGahey and Jennifer S. Vey editors.

Assume that we want an economy of shared prosperity, good jobs, and the competitive practices that sustain them. We want that in all conceivable sectors of the economy. Why not in manufacturing?

Mar 19, 2008
Developed by the Center on Wisconsin Strategy for Regional Industry Skills Education (RISE), Key Middle-Skill Opportunities in Wisconsin provides a detailed look at projected job opportunities and wages in well-paying occupations that typically do not require a 4-year college degree.
Kate Gordon and Jeremy Hays. Contributing authors: Jason Walsh, Bracken Hendricks, and Sarah White | Mar 13, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills
Produced by the Apollo Alliance and Green For All, in partnership with COWS and the Center on American Progress, Green Collar Jobs in America's Cities makes a strong case that pursuing a four-step strategy—essentially a metropolitan green business and jobs development plan—provides a wealth of environmental, economic, and social benefits, including what it calls “a pathway out of poverty” for thousands of unemployed, under-employed, and hard to employ people in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Sarah White and Jason Walsh | Mar 12, 2008
Category: Jobs & Skills, Energy: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Jobs & Skills: Greener Skills

Across the country—in the media; in boardrooms, think tanks, and community organizations; in local and state government; in Congress and on the campaign trail—people are talking about the economic promise of clean energy. Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean Energy Economy puts jobs at the heart of this animated national conversation. This report talks about the kind and quality of jobs in the clean energy economy; the skills needed to fill these jobs; and how existing plants and their workers—especially those in the beleaguered industrial heartland—can move to the center of the clean energy economy.

Greener Pathways details current economic and workforce development opportunities in three leading industries: energy efficiency, wind, and biofuels. The report also examines federal resources that can support state green jobs initiatives, and concludes by outlining a plan of action for state policymakers.

Pablo Mitnik, Jessica Halpern-Finnerty and Matt Vidal | Jan 20, 2008
Category: State & Local Policy
This report aims at helping elected officials, policy-makers, activists, community-based organizations and city residents advocate for, design and implement progressive city policies toward immigrants. These goals have become particularly important given the recent failures of comprehensive immigration reform initiatives at the federal level. Building on policy experiments and experiences from all around the country, the report offers a menu of local policies aimed at creating immigrant-friendly cities.
Gail Francis, Kate Gordon, Kyle Hanniman, and Satya Rhodes-Conway | Jan 08, 2008
Category: Energy
This report asserts that this new generation of coal plants would comply more easily with current and projected environmental regulations and provide more stable employment for utility workers than traditional coal plants. In addition, these new power plants would provide employment in the building trades, coal mining, and coal transport industries, as well as in carbon transport, manufacturing, and in a variety of downstream markets for by-products or co-products of IGCC with CCS.