Wisconsin Jobs, State Budgets, and Unions: Toward the High Road for the Badger State

Since its inception, COWS has provided reliable data, analysis, and policy ideas for getting Wisconsin on the high road. Our analysis of the economy, The State of Working Wisconsin, provides a comprehensive picture of jobs, wages, and income in the state. Our Wisconsin Job Watch provides timely data on the state's jobs.


Wisconsin continues to be at the epicenter of a national debate over jobs, unions, and collective bargaining; state budgets, taxes, and fairness; and economic development for working people. COWS has responded with economic analysis and policy ideas to help improve working people's lives, create decent jobs and build stronger communities.


National and state media outlets – including the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, the journal Social Policy, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – have relied on COWS' analysis and insights on the economic and political situation in the state. 


The Economy and Jobs

State of Working Wisconsin

For more than two decades now, annually, on Labor Day, COWS reports on how working people are faring in the state. 2017 Edition.  

Job Watch Wisconsin

This monthly publication provides a snapshot Wisconsin’s gaping job deficit. 3rd Quarter 2017 Update.


State Policy

Other COWS program areas with work focused on Wisconsin include jobs and skills and energy and transportation.