Workforce Needs Assessment

Buchanan County Workforce Needs Assessment Survey Underway

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) has begun the 2018 Iowa Workforce Needs Assessment Survey for Buchanan County.  The Workforce Needs Assessment Survey is an annual 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.

We encourage your participation! All survey information is kept strictly confidential and will only be reported in aggregate. For further information or to obtain your username and password, please contact Rob Parker of IWD at 515-281-7524 or

Here is the 2017 Workforce Needs Assessment for the 6-county Cedar Valley Region which includes Buchanan County.

The following industry sector reports provides data on #’s employed, wage and benefits, workplace flexibility, skills and education:

Advanced Manufacturing 2017    Agriculture 2017    Financial Services 2017    Food Processing 2017

Healthcare 2017    IT 2017    Skilled Trades 2017    Warehousing & Distribution 2017