Posted on 14 July 2013 in Economy, Government, Health & Welfare, Latest
Thousands of people with disabilities must wait for months to access state employment services, although the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has not requested the full amount of federal funds available to it for the past three years, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has found.
Posted on 09 October 2012 in Economy, Government, Immigration
In this three-part series, the Center’s Lukas Keapproth and Mario Koran explore how three Wisconsin counties are coping with their population changes — and potential statewide solutions to rural population loss.
Posted on 09 October 2012 in Economy, Government, Immigration, Latest
Dairy farmer Jeremy Meissner and farm manager Huron Mireles are part of the reason Clark County’s population is growing while nearby counties’ levels are declining. Part three of three in the Center’s Rural Slide series.
Posted on 08 October 2012 in Economy, Government, Latest
In Wood County, where almost half of the paper industry jobs disappeared during the past decade, local leaders are using a regional approach to boost existing industries. Part two of three in the Center’s Rural Slide series.
Posted on 07 October 2012 in Economy, Government, Latest
In Iron County, which lost one of every seven residents from 2000 to 2010, residents say a controversial taconite mine may be the only way to reverse devastating population loss. Part one of three in the Center’s Rural Slide series.
Posted on 19 August 2012 in Sidebar
Frac sand boom creates thousands of jobs
2012 Frac Sand Facilities in Wisconsin
The EOG Resources sand processing plant in Chippewa Falls is currently the largest such facility in North America.
Here’s the EOG plant, by the numbers:
Assessed value of the facility
Tons of storage capacity for finished sand
Yards of concrete used [...]
Posted on 19 August 2012 in Economy, Environment, Latest, Reuters
Currently, there are no official employment numbers for the state’s rapidly expanding frac sand industry. But the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, using job-site estimates developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, found that when existing mines and those being built are fully operating, the industry will employ about 2,780 people — a sizeable number given the state’s overall luckluster job picture.
Posted on 29 July 2012 in Economy, Latest
The number of manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin had fallen in recent years, from nearly 600,000 in 1998 to just over 450,000 today. But manufacturing still accounts for about 16 percent of all state jobs. And in the past year, it has begun to rebound.