Manufacturing is the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy, producing nearly 20% of the state’s total gross domestic product (GDP).
As this industry continues to grow, the necessary technological advancements continue to power education, job growth, and economic gains throughout the state.
With this in mind, it is little wonder the state of Wisconsin focuses on both technology and manufacturing.
There are over 12,000 manufacturing establishments in Wisconsin, employing nearly 400,000 workers. The average wage for a manufacturing worker in Wisconsin is $59,000, well above the state’s average wage of $47,000. As a result, manufacturing is an important source of high-paying, family-supporting jobs in the state.
During Manufacturing Month, Wisconsin manufacturers open their doors to students, job seekers, and the general public to show them what modern manufacturing is all about. Plant tours, career fairs, and other events are happening all over the state.
Governor Tony Evers officially proclaimed Wisconsin Tech Month in 2021 to recognize “the state’s role in advancing innovative technology solutions” and “working towards the inclusion of people of all backgrounds in the future of the technology industry.”
“The goal of WI Tech Month is to host programs, workshops, events, and collaborations across the state of Wisconsin in the month of October that center around our local communities’ most pressing items, create equitable opportunities in the world of tech, and spark innovative solutions that have a positive impact on the place we all call home – Wisconsin.” – MKE TECH Advocacy Week – Milky Way Tech Hub