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City of Eau Claire Economic Development Division

The Workforce in Eau Claire

Eau Claire has a very diverse workforce. From highly-skilled to non-skilled workers, Eau Claire can offer any company a wide range of employee options. Eau Claire has over 65,000 residents. The city shares its northern border, and its workforce, with Chippewa Falls (pop. 13,738). Eau Claire County and Chippewa County are considered a metropolitan statistical area by the federal government, a designation given to areas with high degrees of social and economic integration. The mean travel time to work was 18.2 minutes for residents in Eau Claire County in 2011, with 82.42% of residents commuting 24 minutes or less.

The Eau Claire area population is well educated, with 67% of citizens having some college experience, 34.4% having a bachelor's degree or higher and 94.2% having a high-school degree.

The labor force participation rate is the percentage of an area's 16 years and older non-institutional population that is in the labor force. Eau Claire's labor force participation was an estimated 69.2% in 2011, slightly higher than the statewide average of 67.6%. The average unemployment rate was 6.57% in 2012, slightly below the state average which was 6.94%. Rates fluctuated throughout the year, with high months of unemployment in the summer and lows starting in October 2012.

Education and health occupations provide the greatest share of employment in Eau Claire County. These occupations, the backbone of the massive service industry, employed 29.7% of Eau Claire's workforce in 2011.

Eau Claire County's median household income in 2011 was $48,167, which is about 96% of the average wage in Wisconsin of $50,395. Eau Claire County's largest industry is Education and Health, employing over 15,500 people in Eau Claire's workforce in 2011. The next largest industry is Retail Trade, which employed 7,513 people or 14.3% of Eau Claire's workforce in 2011.

For more information, check out the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.