World-Class Talent

Industries can only succeed if they are supported by a smart, skilled workforce. In the Madison Region, we deliver that workforce.

Our eight counties are home to nearly 526,000 labor pool contributors, with 1.83 workforce dependency ratio, which is higher than both the state and national average. Our working age population is strong and ready to fill employers’ needs both today and in the future.

More than 63% of our adults age 25 and older have at least some college or an associate’s degree, while over 33% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. In Dane County alone, nearly 50% of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. And more than 12% of adults in the region hold a graduate or professional degree, higher than both state and national levels.

Young professionals in the Madison Region are more educated than the general population, thanks in part to an educational system that features two campuses from the University of Wisconsin system and four strong technical college systems.

The Madison Region is served by two Workforce Development Boards that forge public and private partnerships to support innovation and excellence in workforce development. The Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin serves businesses and workers in Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, and Sauk Counties, while the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board serves Green, Iowa, and Rock Counties.

Employees in the Madison Region are well connected to educational, training and job-finding resources, ensuring employers can always hire educated, skilled workers.