Wisconsin Q4, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 0 employers, down 0.0% from 0
  • 0 employees, down 0.0% from 0
  • The average weekly wage is 100.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 0.0% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 0, which is an increase of 0.0%. The number of employees in Wisconsin increased by 0, an increase of 0.0%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $0, an increase of 0.0%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 0 or 0.0%. Growth in private businesses in Wisconsin grew slower than the national average of 2.5%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 0 or 0.0%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Wisconsin was slower than the national average of 1.2%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $0 or 0.0%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Wisconsin grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

(0.0%), which increased by 0.0% and (0.0%), which increased by 0.0%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change


Employees by Sector

(0.0%), increased by 0.0% and (0.0%), increased by 0.0%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

($0), rose by $0 or 0.0% and ($0) increased by $0 or 0.0% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

(0.0% of businesses) added 0 businesses, an increase of 0.0% and (0.0% of businesses) added 0 businesses, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change


Employees by Industry

(0.0% of employees) added 0 employees, an increase of 0.0% and (0.0% ofemployees) added 0 employees, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

($0) and ($0) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the ($0 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% and ($0 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change


Company Size

Wisconsin Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Wisconsin by far. 58.2% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 161,760 small businesses in the state represent 94.8% of all private businesses. The national average is 91.2%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Wisconsin added 5,361 businesses in the last year, an increase of 3.2% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 5,300 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 59 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.7% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 2 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.5% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Wisconsin Employees by Business Size

Wisconsin added 34,947 employees in the last year, an increase of 1.4% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 12,053 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 8.1% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 22,251 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 2.2% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 643 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 0.2% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Wisconsin Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Wisconsin workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Wisconsin (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 9.7% less than the national average ($916 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Wisconsin (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 27.7% workers below the national average ($1,498 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $88 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.8% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $33 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $201 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 7.3% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change




Data Sources




About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.