Wisconsin's 5.7 million citizens are
proudly called "cheeseheads," a signature symbol celebrating the popular
football team, the Green Bay Packers. The nickname underscores the state’s major
agricultural industry that supplies the nation with significant percentages of
its dairy products, including one-fourth of its cheeses.
The state has a strong industrial manufacturing base highlighted by such
enterprises as plumbing supplier Kohler Company, motorcycle manufacturer
Harley-Davidson and electrical apparatus supplier Rockwell Automation. The state's
rekindled logging and paper mill industries make it a major supplier of the
nation's paper products.
The unemployment rate was 6.8 percent March 2012, down from a high of 9.2 percent
June 2009. A decline of 4,500 jobs in February demonstrates a moderate economic
recovery. Wisconsin is experiencing slow job growth with noted improvement in the
manufacturing and education and health services sectors. Major employers include
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Menards, Inc., and Kraft Foods Oscar
For job seekers, occupations with the most openings listed by the state's
worknet.wisconsin.gov site include cashiers, waiters and waitresses, retail sales,
customer service representatives, and food preparation and service workers. Also
listed are registered nurses, laborers, freight handlers, truck drivers, office
clerks, bartenders and personal and home care aides.
Additional information can be found regarding Wisconsin's economy
and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Wisconsin Economy.