|Background: We report W-2 enrollment as a percentage of the corresponding population. The W-2 program provides a variety of resources to help people find and maintain employment. W-2 replaced the longstanding AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) program in 1997. The W-2 participation data we present includes the Wisconsin Works program and the Food Stamp Employment Training (FSET) program. It does not include the Children First (CF) or Learnfare (LF) programs, which are commonly included in W-2 program assessments; we exclude these because Winnebago County does not offer these programs. For more information on W-2 programs, visit the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families. The 2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study contains additional information on employment issues in Oshkosh and the surrounding communities.|
Analysis: The enrollment in W-2 programs in Winnebago County has been significantly lower than that in the state since January 2008. While State enrollment reached a maximum of .45% in the fourth quarter of 2011, Winnebago County reached its maximum of .32% in June of that year. The decline since that time was steeper in Winnebago County though both series see a bit of a rebound in the first few months of 2012. Though enrollment is influenced by many factors, such as need, eligibility requirements, and funding, the downward trend may have been influenced by a rebounding economy (with corresponding increase in employment and income) over the last few months of 2011 but with a stall in that recovery coming in the first few months of 2012. Changes in the political scene and consequent changes in policy may impact these numbers significantly in the near future, however.
Analysis provided by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Updated: June 13, 2012
2011 Southern Winnebago County LIFE Study