Madison’s high tech job growth far outpaced the national average, but Milwaukee’s was nearly stagnant, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.
The report looked at “advanced industries” in U.S. metro areas, evaluating a wide range of sectors from software to manufacturing that are STEM-heavy or require research and development.
Those jobs are important, in part, because they have broader economic spillovers and pay people more. In Wisconsin, those jobs pay people $74,486 on average, while the average salary in the state is $45,184.
Nationally, the report found, jobs in those sectors grew by 2.46 percent between 2013 and 2015. Madison had a 6.04 percent jump, ranking it 11th in the country, while the Milwaukee area ranked 69th with a 0.66 percent increase. Read the full story here.