Logging sector hourly wages in the Lake States, 2014

The median wage for logging equipment operators in the Lake States ranged from $13.42 per hour to $15.67 in 2014. Median wages for fallers ranged from $12.76 to $22.14 per hour. This summary reflects data collected and publicly available from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Across the three-state region, median wages were consistent highest […]

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The vanishing middle-skilled job sector (WI State Jounal)

In this morning’s Wisconsin State Journal, the regular UWEX feature, “Econ Quiz”, reported on 2013 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City on the “middle-skilled job sector.” Between 1983 and 2012, the number of jobs classified as middle-skilled nationwide dropped from 59% to 45%. Middle-skilled jobs, according to the article, “generally requires more […]

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NY Times: Impact of recession on jobs and wages

Recent New York Times article (Sunday business) on the impact of the recession on jobs, wages, etc. Data are national, but there are state breakdowns, as well as US maps with what appears to be county level data. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/14/business/this-side-of-the-recession.html?ref=business&_r=1

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Council on Forestry priority goals and invitation

(text of email distributed yesterday) To Those Interested in the Forestry Industry in Wisconsin, At their meeting last week the Council on Forestry (Council) identified four priority goals (see background below) as a result of input received from Forestry Economic Summit participants.  The Council will work with interested parties to develop an action plan for […]

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