The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC), with financial assistance from MidAmerican Energy and Alliant Energy , commissioned a Laborshed Employment Study for the Buchanan County area. The Laborshed was completed by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). The completed report addresses the workforce characteristics of the Buchanan County Laborshed area; which includes a potential labor force of 219,848. A Laborshed is the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. To determine the approximate boundaries of a Laborshed area, local employers supplied residential ZIP codes of each of their employees.
The purpose of this Laborshed analysis is to measure the availability and characteristics of workers within the area based on commuting patterns into Buchanan County. The Laborshed data generated aids local development officials in their facilitation of industry expansion and recruitment and their service to existing industry in the area. All such entities require detailed data describing the characteristics of the available labor force including current/desired wage rates and benefits; job qualifications and skills; age cohorts; residence/work location; employment requirements/obstacles; and the distances individuals are willing to travel for employment.
Information generated from the Laborshed study includes:
- Estimated number of individuals very likely or somewhat likely to change or accept employment in Buchanan County.
- Employment information by industry sectors: wage data, number employed, etc.
- Employment status: Employed unemployed, homemakers or retired.
- Commuting patterns
- Benefits and Education levels
- How people seek employment and how companies can best advertise for employees.
The following industry sector reports provides data on #’s employed, wage and benefits, workplace flexibility, skills and education: