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 $13.86/hour.
Buchanan County and Cedar Valley Regional Data:
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|Workforce Stats for Buchanan County, Iowa|
|Geographic Areas:||October 2015||October 2016|
|Education based on age 25-64 for Buchanan County, Iowa|
|Total||In labor force||Employed||Unemployment rate|
|High school graduate (includes equivalency)||4,188||83.4%||80.9%||2.5%|
|Some college or associate’s degree||3,730||83.3%||80.5%||2.7%|
|Bachelor’s degree or higher||2,055||88.7%||87.8%||0.9%|
American Community Survey 2010-2012
|Employers over 200 employees||3|
|Per capita income||$ 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%|