Iowa Workforce Needs Assessment

Workforce Needs Assessment: A Survey of Iowa’s Employers

Click Here to Take the 2022 Workforce Needs Assessment Survey

If you received a letter from Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) to participate in the 2022 Workforce Needs Assessment survey then click the blue button above which says "Click Here to Take the 2022 Workforce Needs Assessment Survey". You will need the original letter you received which has a password for taking the online survey printed on the top right-hand side. 

The survey questions can be previewed by clicking the button below. This PDF file of the survey is for reference only and is not for official use.

Click here for a PDF of the survey to review.

If you would like to request a paper survey to submit to IWD instead of taking the survey online, please reach out to Rob Parker (

Workforce Needs SURVEY

The Workforce Needs Assessment Survey is an annual employer survey conducted by Iowa Workforce Development. Employers are asked to provide information regarding both their current level of employment and their current and expected job vacancies.

The goal of the survey is to collect data regarding the demand for workers and the skills required of workers, both statewide and regionally. This information can be used by economic developers, government officials, employers and educational administrators to guide their decisions on issues related to workforce development, training and employee recruitment programs.

Note: For optimal experience we recommend using the Google Chrome browser (download here). For assistance in navigating the Tableau visualization below, visit the Tableau Guide.

Workforce Needs FAQ

Workforce Needs Assessment Data Tool

Current data can be viewed and explored in the Tableau visualization below. Navigate the various visualizations by using the three tabs at the top of the frame. To customize the view, select the industry from the filter at the top left. The data is also available in a series of PDF files located at the bottom of this page.

Note: Due to data suppression and confidentiality issues information may not be available for every industry within each region.

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Related Workforce Needs Assessment Reports:

Note: All reports are PDF files.

Statewide Reports by Year

Select a year from the drop-down menu below.

Reports by Region

Select a county from one of the drop-down menus below to view its regional Workforce Needs Assessment report. If you need help determining which regional report you want to view click here for area definitions.

Economic Development Marketing Regions

Iowa Workforce Development Regions