A Survey of Iowa's Labor Force

Laborshed studies are supply-side, labor availability studies. They provide community leaders, economic developers, site selectors and existing or prospective employers a flexible tool for understanding the workforce characteristics of their local labor market.

A Laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. It shows the distribution of these workers regardless of political boundaries.  Laborshed studies also address underemployment, availability of labor and likeliness of the employed or not employed to change or accept employment. Other topics covered within a Laborshed analysis include: current and desired occupations, wages, hours worked, job search resources and distance willing to commute to work.

For more information or to generate your own local data report, please visit https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/laborshed-studies.

Executive Summary - Forest City

Executive Summary - Northwood

Executive Summary - North Central Iowa Regional

Advanced Manufacturing - Forest City

Advanced Manufacturing - Northwood

Advanced Manufacturing - North Central Iowa Alliance Region

Biotechnology - North Central Iowa Alliance Region

Biotechnology - Forest City

Biotechnology - Northwood

Financial Services - Northwood

Financial Services - Forest City

Financial Services - North Central Iowa Alliance Region

Warehouse & Distribution - Forest City

Warehouse & Distribution - Northwood

Warehouse & Distribution - North Central Iowa Alliance Region

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