Department of Workforce Development


DWD Mission & Vision

Mission: Advancing Wisconsin’s economy and business climate by empowering and supporting the workforce.

Vision: Wisconsin - the Workforce of Choice

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.

The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Under the DWD umbrella, a wide variety of employment programs can be found which range from securing jobs for people with disabilities, assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work, Promoting employment in the state throughWisconsin Job Centerslinking youth with jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker's rights, processing unemployment claimsand ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.

There are six divisions with the Department which is headed by a Secretary appointed by the Governor.

David G. Anderson -

Dave Anderson was appointed Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development in December 2013.

He most recently was District Director for Congressman Sean Duffy, where he served as a senior advisor to the Congressman since January 2011 and oversaw the operation of his offices in Wausau, Superior and Hudson.

DWD Mission & Vision

Mission: Advancing Wisconsin’s economy and business climate by empowering and supporting the workforce.

Vision: Wisconsin - the Workforce of Choice

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.

The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Under the DWD umbrella, a wide variety of employment programs can be found which range from securing jobs for people with disabilities, assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work, Promoting employment in the state throughWisconsin Job Centerslinking youth with jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker's rights, processing unemployment claimsand ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.

There are six divisions with the Department which is headed by a Secretary appointed by the Governor.

Governor Walker’s Workforce Initiatives Move Wisconsin Forward

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Even before he took office in January 2011, Governor Walker declared Wisconsin “Open for Business.” With these three words, Governor Walker began a wave of reforms that have advanced Wisconsin’s economy and helped tens of thousands of working moms, dads and grandparents find new jobs and provide for their families.

Wisconsin added over 63,000 private sector jobs in 2011-12 following the loss of about 134,000 private sector jobs during the previous four years. The private sector job gains under Governor Walker are the best two-year gains under any Governor in over a decade.

Thanks to today’s much-improved business climate, Wisconsin is poised to add substantially more jobs over the next two years, as the early reforms and initiatives take root and more than $100 million in new, state-funded workforce investments are implemented during the current biennium.

DWD Mission & Vision

Mission: Advancing Wisconsin’s economy and business climate by empowering and supporting the workforce.

Vision: Wisconsin - the Workforce of Choice

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.

The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Under the DWD umbrella, a wide variety of employment programs can be found which range from securing jobs for people with disabilities, assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work, Promoting employment in the state throughWisconsin Job Centerslinking youth with jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker's rights, processing unemployment claimsand ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.

There are six divisions with the Department which is headed by a Secretary appointed by the Governor.

Jonathan Barry -

As Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Jonathan Barry serves as chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the state workforce agency. He oversees the agency’s six divisions, which encompass approximately 1,600 employees.

DWD Mission & Vision

Mission: Advancing Wisconsin’s economy and business climate by empowering and supporting the workforce.

Vision: Wisconsin - the Workforce of Choice

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.

The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Under the DWD umbrella, a wide variety of employment programs can be found which range from securing jobs for people with disabilities, assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work, Promoting employment in the state throughWisconsin Job Centerslinking youth with jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker's rights, processing unemployment claimsand ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.

There are six divisions with the Department which is headed by a Secretary appointed by the Governor.

Reggie Newson -

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson leads the state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce. He served as deputy secretary from August 2011 until Governor Scott Walker appointed him Secretary on October 24, 2011.

DWD Mission & Vision

Mission: Advancing Wisconsin’s economy and business climate by empowering and supporting the workforce.

Vision: Wisconsin - the Workforce of Choice

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.

The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Under the DWD umbrella, a wide variety of employment programs can be found which range from securing jobs for people with disabilities, assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work, Promoting employment in the state throughWisconsin Job Centerslinking youth with jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker's rights, processing unemployment claimsand ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.

There are six divisions with the Department which is headed by a Secretary appointed by the Governor.