We Make it and Move it
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:
- Cabela’s Distribution Center and Destination Retail Store
- 3M Prairie du Chien Plant
- Prairie Industries, Inc.
- Miniature Precision Components
- Dillman Equipment, Inc.
- Universal Forrest Products
- Business Automation Products, Inc.
- Crossing Rivers Medical Center
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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing||41||29||-12||-29%||0.21||$29,201|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.