Clusters can be defined as a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers and institutions all working in the same industry, including services and providers, which work together to increase the competitive advantage of the industry itself.
In Waukesha County, the foundation of our economy is manufacturing. From 1975 to 2015, Waukesha County was ranked 13th in the nation out of 3,007 counties for the largest amount of manufacturing jobs gained, nearly 19,000 jobs.
More recently there has been a decline in manufacturing sector employment, from 52,000 in 2000 to 44,000 in 2015; however, it is important to keep in mind that job gains as a measure of success in the manufacturing industry can be misleading due to automation and other factors. There were almost 2,000 manufacturing jobs available in Waukesha County as of August 2017, and the greater metro area’s productivity per capita has remained consistently ahead of the nation’s.
We know one of our greatest strengths in Waukesha County is manufacturing. However, there are many different types, each with their own specific needs and requirements. We broke down the broad sector of manufacturing into different industries, so we can really see where our strengths lie.
Click here to learn more about the industries that are key to Waukesha County’s economy.
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