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Crawford County benefits from a diverse economic base.  About 20% of the county’s employees work in Manufacturing, 18%  in Retail Trade, and 12% in Health Care and Social Assistance (1).  Some of the County’s largest employers include:

In the past 5 years Crawford County has seen job growth in Manufacturing, Agriculture Services,  Arts Entertainment and Recreation, Wholesale trade, and Professional and Technical Services, Trade Industries: Equipment, metal, plastic and composite material manufacturers. Industries and new businesses targeted as part of an ongoing economic development planning process include:

  • Natural Resources Based Industries: Agricultural and food processing, forest products, and direct to consumer agricultural businesses
  • Services: retail businesses, lodging and food services, health care, construction and technical services

(1) Source: Crawford County Economy_Overview 4th Quarter 2018 For additional reference, The state Department of Workforce Development also produced an annual workforce profile by County Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. 2017 Economic and Workforce Profile, Crawford County

EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR

Industry 2013 Jobs 2018 Jobs Change in Jobs % Change in Jobs 2018 LQ
2018 Earnings Per Worker
Manufacturing 1,590 1,692 102 6% 2.55 $60,339
Retail Trade 1,907 1,534 -373 -20% 1.79 $32,570
Government 1,166 1,223 57 5% 0.96 $62,909
Health Care and Social Assistance 1,006 1,010 4 0% 0.95 $48,645
Accommodation and Food Services 708 647 -61 -9% 0.89 $15,910
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 476 482 6 1% 4.78 $26,152
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 321 419 98 31% 0.8 $34,510
Other Services (except Public Administration) 260 289 29 11% 0.71 $20,100
Construction 256 266 10 4% 0.57 $35,135
Wholesale Trade 136 180 44 32% 0.57 $47,665
Finance and Insurance 158 160 2 1% 0.47 $51,345
Transportation and Warehousing 172 150 -22 -13% 0.5 $48,575
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 97 105 8 8% 0.19 $38,534
Information 75 71 -4 -5% 0.46 $37,715
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 40 65 25 63% 0.45 $13,444
Management of Companies and Enterprises 58 56 -2 -3% 0.47 $53,160
Educational Services 58 33 -25 -43% 0.15 $41,913
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 41 29 -12 -29% 0.21 $29,201
Utilities 16 16 0 0% 0.54 $141,573

 

EMPLOYMENT BY OCCUPATION

Occupation 2013 Jobs 2018 Jobs Change in Jobs % Change in Jobs 2018 LQ
2017 Avg. Hourly Earnings
Office and Administrative Support 1,302 1,162 -140 -11% 0.94 $15.74
Production 1,057 1,125 68 6% 2.29 $17.77
Sales and Related 1,006 875 -131 -13% 1.04 $14.89
Transportation and Material Moving 671 701 30 4% 1.24 $17.32
Food Preparation and Serving Related 662 655 -7 -1% 0.93 $10.82
Management 567 534 -33 -6% 1.13 $28.50
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical 437 436 -1 0% 0.93 $33.63
Education, Training, and Library 397 411 14 4% 0.86 $19.84
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 326 326 0 0% 0.98 $20.06
Personal Care and Service 246 315 69 28% 0.87 $10.78
Construction and Extraction 306 315 9 3% 0.82 $19.09
Business and Financial Operations 229 244 15 7% 0.56 $27.52
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance 243 235 -8 -3% 0.75 $12.74
Healthcare Support 255 235 -20 -8% 1.02 $14.28
Protective Service 181 193 12 7% 1.01 $21.20
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 160 188 28 18% 2.92 $13.17
Community and Social Service 172 146 -26 -15% 1.05 $21.09
Architecture and Engineering 97 119 22 23% 0.84 $33.04
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media 81 84 3 4% 0.54 $18.05
Computer and Mathematical 83 69 -14 -17% 0.29 $28.29
Life, Physical, and Social Science 28 32 4 14% 0.48 $29.46
Legal 20 18 -2 -10% 0.26 $30.70
Military-only 18 17 -1 -6% 0.39 $21.74

AGRICULTURE

Apples

This region is known as one of the most diverse agricultural regions in the country. With the wide variety of agricultural crops grown and the added-value dimension, this region has a long history of agriculture that pre-dates the designation of Wisconsin as a state. Southwest Wisconsin is the highest producing region in Wisconsin of beef cattle, swine, dairy goats, apples, corn, soybeans and specialty cheese production. The region also produces a large volume of fish, grapes, nuts and alfalfa with many orchards and vineyards and a very strong organic farming industry, with Organic Valley, the largest organic food cooperative in the country, located just north of our region

Agriculture provides almost 1,488 jobs in Crawford County and accounts for about $149 million in economic activity. While dairy is the major agricultural industry, the county is home to eight large scale orchards and a major goat cheese producer and we’re known for organic and pasture-raised products, including pork, poultry and goat meat.  Farmers own and manage 59% of the county land, including cropland, pastures, tree farms, forests and wetlands.About a third of the county’s beef and dairy farms practice rotational grazing, giving farmers an economic edge and helping conserve the area’s highly erodible soil.

Eight large-scale orchards are located in Crawford County and the apples produced are well-known for their outstanding quality and flavor. The local fruit and vegetable markets are major contributors to the county’s agricultural business sales. Crawford County’s top commodities are milk, grain, cattle and calves, fruits, nuts & berries, and nursery & greenhouse crops.

Direct-marketing sales through farmers’ markets, roadside produce stands, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms, and auctions generate nearly $1.6 million in sales. Logging is another major industry in the county, as are tourism, hunting and fishing.

(2) Source:  Crawford County Agriculture Value and Impact 2014. UW Extension

TOURISM

Much of Crawford County is defined by the Mississippi River which forms the western border, the Wisconsin River which forms the southern border, and the Kickapoo River, nicknamed “the crookedest river in Wisconsin.”  The rivers, bluffs, steep hills, deep valleys and smaller waterways throughout the county create a remarkable landscape. Tourism in Crawford County accounted for $43.6 million in direct visitor spending, $64 million in total business sales, and provided 688 jobs in 2017 (3).

The diverse tourism economy in Crawford County includes trout fishing in the streams and year-round fishing on the larger rivers, boating and water recreation on the Mississippi  and Wisconsin Rivers as well as paddling, photography and birdwatching on the meandering Kickapoo River.The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is one of the country’s largest and most visited refuges. Bicycling, mountain biking, hiking, horse trails, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, camping, and bird watching are some of the areas top recreation opportunities. Tourism sites include Wyalusing State Park and Astronomy Center as well as historic sites and museums.

Local festivals and fairs, heritage celebrations and historical reenactment weekends draw huge crowds in the summer. The autumn season brings leaf-lookers, apple orchard visitors and hunters. Ice fishing and snowmobiling are great activities in the winter. Arts & crafts fairs, fishing and boating kick off the spring season. Visit Driftlesswisconsin.com for more information about tourism activities in the Crawford County region.

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