Milwaukee’s video production industry sees job growth for the first time in 20 years

Posted October 28, 2018 07:23:48MILWAUKEE — Video production jobs have been increasing steadily for the past several years.

And with video production jobs in Milwaukee booming, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday that the job growth is “shocking” and “unprecedented.”

The video production workforce is now up about 1.4 percent over the past five years, according to data from the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, which oversees the city’s economic development.

It’s the fastest rate of job growth in the state since 2010, when the population was just under 30,000.

And in Milwaukee, the number of video production workers grew to about 14,700 last year from 10,700 in 2015.

The growth has been a boon for local companies, but it has also helped Milwaukee County become a hub for video production, with several of the top video production companies, including VideoLabs, Vimeo, Adobe and The Video Company, located in the city.

VideoLabs employs more than 2,500 in Milwaukee and employs about 10,000 more than a year ago, according a company spokesperson.

The jobs are in the video production space, where the video business is the fastest-growing segment in the Milwaukee region, according the Economic Development Corp. “Video production has exploded over the last 10 years, but there is a need for more skilled professionals in the space,” said John Kieltyk, director of the Economic and Business Development Corp.’s Milwaukee Economic development division.

“There’s a lot of jobs in video production in the county, but the industry is still growing at a slower rate than jobs in other industries, so it’s exciting that the industry has grown so much faster than other industries.”

The jobs have come from a mix of local, national and international talent, including video production technicians and composers, and videographers, according Toilier Media, a Milwaukee-based video production company that operates out of the city limits.

Toilir Media and VideoLaws are also among the video producers who have partnered with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to create a series of videos.

Toilier’s production partners include several other video production firms including VideoMasters and Video-Labs.

The video company’s website has more than 4,000 jobs available, according its website.