WisBusiness: Study predicts nearly 1 million job openings by 2016


Wisconsin could have nearly 1 million job openings by 2016, according to figures in a long-term employment study released by Gov. Jim Doyle today.

The study, prepared by the Department of Workforce Development, says two-thirds of the posistions will be due to Baby Boomers retiring and other workers leaving the workforce. The other third will be new jobs.

The report said occupations with above average wages that have numerous job openings include: registered nurses (21,800 openings), elementary school teachers (9,600 openings), carpenters (7,000 openings) and welders (3,600 openings.

“We are continuing to grow our economy in the face of national economic challenges, creating good-paying job opportunities for hard-working Wisconsin families,” Doyle said.

“As many students are graduating, and some workers are upgrading their skills, or learning new skills, it’s important for them to know that the demand for skilled workers is high in many areas of our economy.”

See release: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=127339