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Labor Market Information

Work Hours

From 1999 to 2015, the rise in opioid dependency and resulting decline in prime-age labor force participation cumulatively cost Wisconsin’s economy over 630 million work hours. Table WI-2 contains the cumulative loss of work hours associated with Wisconsin’s decline in labor force participation.

Table WI-2: Impact of Opioids on Work Hours, 1999-2015
Gender Work Hours, Cumulative 1999-2015 (in millions)
Total -635
Men -279
Women -356

Real Economic Growth

The hundreds of millions of lost work hours slowed economic growth in Wisconsin. Table WI-3 contains the cumulative reduction in real economic output due to the opioid crisis and the associated decline in the annual real GDP growth rate.

Table WI-3: Impact of Opioids on Real Economic Growth, 1999-2015 (in 2009 dollars)
Gender Real Output, Cumulative 199-2015 (in billions)* Annual Real GDP Growth Rate, 1999-2015 (in percentage points)*
Total -$37.0 -0.8
Men -$16.3 -0.4
Women -$20.8 -0.5
*Estimates for each gender may not add to total due to rounding.