Laborshed Studies Completed in North Central Iowa

The communities of Charles City, Forest City, Garner, Hampton, Mason City, Northwood, and Osage have had a Laborshed study completed. The results can be found on the LMI Laborshed page (

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), announced in May 2018 that a Laborshed Study would be conducted for one community in every county in Iowa at no cost to local development organizations and their partners. 

This is the sixth round of studies to be completed under this new program in FY 2019. New studies for 24 other communities were completed earlier this year and their results are also available on our website.

The study results are available in highly visual and interactive formats using data visualization software from Tableau and ArcGIS.