Wisconsin Employment and Education

Unemployment is up a little. In 2005, unemployment was at 4.7% and it is now up to 5%. Earnings are up 1.9% from last year. All of Wisconsin’s milk production has made it a top manufacturer of cheese. Wisconsin is also a top producer of toilet paper and Green Bay is known as the toilet paper capitol of the world. Tourism is also a big part of its economy. It has some of the best freshwater fishing and boasts the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in town of Hayward. Many people also come for the Milwaukee’s Summer Fest which is the biggest music festival in the nation, with over 2,500 performers each year. Wisconsin also has the nations biggest water park “Noah’s Ark” which attracts thousands each year. The American Birkebeiner, a 52K cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward, is the largest on the North American continent. The state also has over 15,000 miles of signed and groomed snow mobile highways.

Wisconsin has a graduation rate of 85.1%. Wisconsin currently gives tests its students with the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE). These tests are given annually to students at grades four, eight, and ten. The WKCE measures achievement in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies using multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Students also provide a rough draft writing sample. The states board is currently focused on reaching students in their rural communities and to upping education funding in the state.