Affordable Workforce

Buchanan County, Iowa is a great location for business, workforce and their families. This part of the Cedar Valley Region houses a population of over 20,000 people and has a potential labor force of over 180,000 workers from a six county area. Unlike much of the rest of the country, Buchanan County was slightly unburdened by the Great Recession allowing us to boast an unemployment rate three to four points lower than the national average. This statistic can contributed to the expansion of our manufacturing sector over the past few years by a number of local businesses with rich ties to the communities.

Many opportunities await both employers and those seeking employment within the Buchanan County, Iowa area. These opportunities, partnered with a highly educated and motivated workforce, recently attracted Fortune 500 companies such as Tyson and Monsanto to locate operations in Buchanan County as well.

In Buchanan County, the average hourly wage across all industries in 2015 was $15.40/hour. In the highest employment sector, manufacturing, the average wage is $16.32/hour with a welder with experience on average making $19.73/hour and an assembler making with minimal experience making $13.86/hour.

Buchanan County and Cedar Valley Regional Data:

2015 Buchanan County Laborshed Report

Cedar Valley Regional Workforce Needs Assessment 2013

Cedar Valley Regional Wage and Salary Report 2014

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Workforce Stats for Buchanan County, Iowa
Geographic Areas: October 2015 October 2016
Buchanan County 3.3% 3.7%
Cedar Valley 3.4 3.8
Iowa 3.5% 4.1%
United States 5.0% 4.9%
Education based on age 25-64 for Buchanan County, Iowa 
Total In labor force Employed Unemployment rate
Population 25-64 11,500 82.9% 80.3% 2.6%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 4,188 83.4% 80.9% 2.5%
Some college or associate’s degree 3,730 83.3% 80.5% 2.7%
Bachelor’s degree or higher 2,055 88.7% 87.8% 0.9%

American Community Survey 2010-2012

Quick Look
Employers 971
Employers over 200 employees 3
Per capita income $ 26,206
Median household income $ 54,645
Mean household income $ 68,102
Average wage per job $ 30,564
Median age 39 years
High school education 43.2%
Some college 17.5%
Degree 26.1%
Advanced Degree 4.6%