A Survey of Iowa’s Labor Force
Laborshed studies 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.
The Laborshed study process takes approximately 90 days from start to finish.
For detailed information on how to obtain and use a Laborshed study click the links below:
The following drop-down menus provide links to current Laborshed data by geography.
Note: All reports are PDF files.
Select Report Full Report Executive Summary Trend Analysis Occupational Report: Advanced Manufacturing Occupational Report: Agriculture Occupational Report: Biotechnology Occupational Report: Clerical Occupational Report: Construction Occupational Report: Financial Services Occupational Report: Food Processing Occupational Report: Healthcare Occupational Report: Information Solutions Occupational Report: Information Technology Occupational Report: Management Occupational Report: Sales Occupational Report: Warehouse & Distribution Occupational Report: Wholesale & Retail Trade Quick Stat: Wages Quick Stat: Job Search
Select County Adair County Adams County Allamakee County Appanoose County Audubon County Benton County Black Hawk County Boone County Bremer County Buchanan County Buena Vista County Butler County Calhoun County Carroll County Cass County Cedar County (Tipton) Cedar County (West Branch) Cerro Gordo County Cherokee County Chickasaw County (Fredericksburg) Chickasaw County (Nashua) Chickasaw County (New Hampton) Clarke County Clay County Clayton County Clinton County (Clinton) Clinton County (DeWitt) Crawford County Dallas County (Adel) Dallas County (Clive) Dallas County (Perry) Dallas County (Urbandale) Dallas County (Waukee) Dallas County (West Des Moines) Davis County Decatur County Delaware County Des Moines County Dickinson County Dubuque County Emmet County Fayette County Fayette County (Oelwein) Fayette County (West Union) Floyd County Franklin County Fremont County Greene County Grundy County Guthrie County Hamilton County Hancock County Hardin County Harrison County Henry County Howard County Humboldt County Ida County Iowa County Jackson County Jasper County Jefferson County Johnson County (Iowa City) Johnson County (Kalona) Johnson County (North Liberty) Johnson County (Solon) Johnson County (Tiffin) Johnson County (West Branch) Johnson County (West Liberty) Jones County Jones County (Anamosa) Jones County (Monticello) Keokuk County Kossuth County Lee County Lee County (Fort Madison) Lee County (Keokuk) Linn County Louisa County Lucas County Lyon County Madison County Mahaska County Marion County (Knoxville) Marion County (Pella) Marshall County Mills County Mitchell County Monona County Monroe County Montgomery County Muscatine County (Muscatine) Muscatine County (West Liberty) O'Brien County Osceola County Page County Palo Alto County Plymouth County Pocahontas County Polk County (Altoona/Des Moines/Pleasant Hill) Polk County (Ankeny) Polk County (Clive) Polk County (Grimes) Polk County (Johnston) Polk County (Urbandale) Polk County (West Des Moines) Pottawattamie County (Avoca) Pottawattamie County (Council Bluffs) Poweshiek County Ringgold County Sac County Scott County Shelby County Sioux County (Hawarden) Sioux County (Orange City/Alton) Sioux County (Rock Valley) Story County Tama County (Tama/Toledo) Taylor County Union County Van Buren County (N/A) Wapello County Warren County (Carlisle) Warren County (Indianola) Warren County (Norwalk) Washington County (Kalona) Washington County (Washington) Wayne County Webster County Winnebago County (Forest City) Winnebago County (Lake Mills) Winneshiek County Woodbury County Worth County Wright County
Select City Adel Albia Algona Allison Alton Altoona Amanas Ames Anamosa Ankeny Atlantic Audubon Avoca Bedford Boone Bloomfield Burlington Carlisle Carroll Cedar Falls Cedar Rapids Centerville Chariton Charles City Cherokee Clarinda Clarion Clear Lake Clinton Clive Columbus Junction Coralville Corning Corydon Council Bluffs Cresco Creston Davenport Decorah Denison Des Moines DeWitt Dubuque Elkader Emmetsburg Estherville Fairfield Forest City Fort Dodge Fort Madison Fredericksburg Garner Glenwood & Southern Council Bluffs Greenfield Grimes Grinnell Grundy Center Guthrie Center Hamburg Hampton Harlan Hawarden Humboldt Ida Grove Independence Indianola Iowa City Iowa Falls Jefferson Johnston Kalona Keokuk Knoxville Lake Mills Le Mars Leon Manchester Maquoketa Marion Marshalltown Mason City Missouri Valley Monticello Mount Ayr Mount Pleasant Muscatine Nashua New Hampton Newton North Liberty Northwood Norwalk Oelwein Onawa Orange City Osage Osceola Oskaloosa Ottumwa Pella Perry Pleasant Hill Pocahontas Quad Cities Red Oak Rock Rapids Rock Valley Rockwell City Sac City Sheldon Sibley Sigourney Sioux City Solon Spencer Spirit Lake Storm Lake Tama Tiffin Tipton Toledo Urbandale Vinton Washington Waterloo Waukee Waukon Waverly Webster City West Branch West Burlington West Des Moines West Liberty West Union Winterset
Select Region Cedar Valley Regional Partnership Council Bluffs Regional Partnership Creative Corridor Greater Des Moines Partnership Iowa Lakes Corridor Mid Iowa Growth Partnership North Central Iowa Alliance Northeast Iowa Business Network Northwest Iowa Development Opportunity² Prosperity Eastern Iowa Quad Cities First Region South Central Iowa Partnership Southeast Iowa Region Western Iowa Advantage
For examples of products that are available, in addition to the full Laborshed report, use the drop-down menu below:
Select Product Occupational and Industry Reports Iowa Wage Survey Report Quick Stat Trend Analysis Regional Comparison National Career Readiness Certificate
Note: For optimal experience we recommend using the Chrome browser. For assistance in navigating the Tableau visualization below, visit the Tableau Guide. Laborshed Data Tool
Current statewide Laborshed data can be viewed and explored in the Tableau visualization below. Navigate the various visualizations by using the four tabs at the top of the frame. To customize the view, adjust the available filters that are located at the top left.
2017 Statewide Laborshed Survey Results