Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Workforce and Labor

Wisconsin is experiencing a “tight” labor market in which employers are having difficulty filling jobs with qualified workers. The state’s aging labor force, low in-migration rates, and steady job growth are expected to exacerbate these challenges for employers and workers in the coming years.

When BJ Dernbach’s boss joined the Wisconsin Assembly’s Labor Committee, the La Follette School alum was thankful for the training he’d received in the building blocks he needs to quickly synthesize and summarize a lot of information about a policy topic in which he has no background.

Wisconsin is likely to see the most growth in available jobs in management and professional services to business, health care and social services, and leisure and recreation services into 2020, according to a report prepared for Competitive Wisconsin's BE BOLD 3 initiative by two La Follette School professors.

The first project for which alum Danielle Giese was the analyst in charge hit home: Her father administered a grassroots community program that is funded by the U.S. Office of Community Services.

Early life circumstances and life-cycle labor market outcomes will be discussed at noon seminar Tuesday, November 18, in the La Follette School conference room.

Student Don Eggert queried Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew about federal staffing levels during his internship with the Office of Foreign Assets Control in Washington, D.C.

Migration from South Asia bears continued monitoring, La Follette School students advise in a report written for the U.S. Government Office of South Asia Analysis.

For Tim Smeeding, understanding the effects of public programs on poor people is paramount. "There are lots of confusing reports out there with inaccurate findings," says Smeeding, professor of public affairs and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Economist Robert Haveman will discuss the U.S. labor market at a noon seminar on Tuesday, April 15, in the La Follette School conference room.
Professor Donald Moynihan discussed altruism in the workplace on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin show on July 31. Moynihan recently published findings that people who help others at work are happier than those who don't.
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