MILWAUKEE – There are
fewer Wisconsin workers being employed by foreign-owned
establishments compared to other parts of the country, according
to a Brookings Institution report.
The report, which tracks where foreign direct investment is
occurring throughout the country, found that less than 3.7
percent of Wisconsin workers are employed by foreign
“FDI in U.S. Metro Areas provides new data to inform
decision-making and improve understanding of FDI, its potential,
and its subnational geography. The report provides a survey of
jobs in majority foreign-owned business establishments located
across the U.S. landscape with a focus on the 100 largest U.S.
metropolitan areas by population,” according to the report.
Large metropolitan areas like Milwaukee experience foreign
investment, on average, from 33 different countries, the report
The top Wisconsin industries with the most jobs in foreign-owned
establishments include agriculture, construction and mining
machinery; commercial banks; nursing care facilities; motor
vehicle parts; and electrical equipment, according to the