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The Workforce Development Board provides leadership oversight for the work done to link the aspirations and skills of workers to the business needs of our region. By doing this, we not only make life better now for the individuals, families and businesses served, but we contribute to the construction of a stronger tomorrow for our region and for the State of Wisconsin.

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Annual Report PY20

Joint Boards Agenda December 3 2021

Exec Team Agenda December 3 2021

Am I Paying a Competive Wage?

The wage data comes from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) survey, a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Statistics (BLS), and the Wisconsin DWD. The survey's purpose is to identify which occupations are in demand, estimate the number of employees in each, and determine the wages paid to them. More information and tools to access the data can be found on DWD's labor market information website.

There are multiple tabs with useful visualizations and maps of the data – for this purpose, I prefer the Simple Employment Search shown below.

Visualation Map tab screenshot

The first step is to enter part or all of an occupation title in the search box (or choose one from the list). It's important to remember that while occupations can have many different working titles, the federal Standard Occupation Code (SOC) titles are those listed in this tool. If you're having difficulty figuring out what the occupations you're trying to find are titled, the search tool on this US DOL site can help narrow down the possible choices.

Next, choose one or more geographies using the Area Type(s) and Area check box menus, as shown where the Eau Claire Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was chosen in the example. It's important to note this survey was designed to collect wage data at the state and MSA level. So, while it is possible to choose other geographies, they could be less accurate than the level for which it was designed.

The data will populate below in a table with a variety of indicators, including a sample entry-level wage and experienced level wage. The median is our preferred indicator of the standard wage for the occupation in the area, as it is the mathematical middle of the distribution - the point at which 50% of those in the occupation make more and 50% make less.

Checking your wage levels is a great way to stay competitive in today's labor market. With WisConomy, the wage data is at your fingertips, along with a wealth of other labor market information. Please don't hesitate to contact our DWD economists with any questions!


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Meeting Notice
Executive Committee
Friday, December 3, 2021, at 7:30AM
Metropolis Resort – Metropolis Room (In person)
5150 Fairview Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701
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1. Call to Order
2. Review of minutes of October 14, 2021, Executive Meeting - discussion/possible action
3. Service Provider Overview-Fiscal and Program - Review and Discussion – discussion/possible action
a. WDB Expenditures (Bambi)
b. Service Provider Discussion – Financial Management and Audit (Bambi and Jon)
c. WIOA Program PY21 Q1 Review and Discussion
4. One Stop Operator Selection – Review of RFP – discussion/possible action
5. Governance: Board Structure and Policies for Review and Updates - discussion/possible action
a. EEOA Policy
b. WIOA Rights and Responsibilities Policy
c. Exit Policy
d. IEP/ISS/CEPT Policy
e. Follow-Up Policy
f. Contact and Case Notes Policy
6. WDB CEO Report – discussion/possible action
a. Regional Pandemic COVID19 Impact on Service (standing)
b. Other Grant Updates
The West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board is an equal opportunity employer/program service provider. This product was
created with funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If you need assistance to access our services in a different
language or need this material in an alternative format, call our EO Officer, Jon Menz at 715-235-8393 extension 100. Deaf, hard of hearing, or
speech impaired callers may reach us by using Wisconsin Relay Services at 711 or 800-947-3529 or WI Relay Spanish 877-490-3723. Proud
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c. Board Staff Updates
d. Board Task Force Discussion
e. Calendar for 2022
7. Date for Next Scheduled Meeting – Thursday, February 11, 2021
8. Adjournment
➢ This is an open meeting and will be held in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining
to open meetings.

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Finding and Using WI Wage Date

Scott Hodek, DWD Section Chief for the Office of Economic Advisors 

West Centeral WI Workforce Development Board Member

The state and nation are experiencing a major demographic shift as the overall population ages and baby boomers retire. Coupled with the trailing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the labor force, we are experiencing an unprecedented period of tight labor market conditions. With competition for talent heating up, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) economists are often asked about competitive wages for various occupations in an area.

Scott Hodek

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