Wisconsin is adding manufacturing jobs, but not in metro Milwaukee

The decline continues a trend in which Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties have not collectively shown a year-over-year gain in manufacturing jobs since the end of 2015.

Metro Milwaukee did see gains in food and chemical manufacturing over last year, but those were more than offset by declines in metal fabrication, machinery and transportation equipment industries. Waukesha County saw the largest decline at 1.4 percent, Milwaukee was down 1.2 percent as was Ozaukee. Washington was the only county to post gains in the sector, up 1.9 percent.

Manufacturing employers in particular have described challenges in finding skilled workers and some companies are turning to automation to make employees available for other tasks. Recent projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the manufacturing industry nationally would lose 736,000 jobs by 2026...

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