Wisconsin will need to boost immigration, reduce barriers to jobs and lean on new technologies to improve the workforce shortage, a top state economist says.

Dennis Winters, the chief economist for the state Department of Workforce Development, spoke yesterday at an in-person event in Madison hosted by the Madison International Trade Association.

In his overview of the state economy, he noted that while Wisconsin’s population is expected to continue to grow in the coming decade, the labor force is projected to stay flat or “maybe even go negative” by 2035. Winters highlighted some of the ripple effects of this unprecedented situation.

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