Laborshed & Workforce Data


Workforce and Laborshed Studies!   A Laborshed Study was completed in April 2019 for the Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) in cooperation with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  The completed report addresses the workforce characteristics of the Buchanan County Laborshed area; which includes a potential labor force of 219,949. 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.  Laborshed studies will be updated every two years.

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.

Click HERE to see the Laborshed Studies available on the Iowa Workforce Development website.  For an interactive format of  the Buchanan County study click Independence (information for the studies is based of the most centralized city of the county).  For our region click Cedar Valley Regional Partnership.

Click HERE find additional information on what a Laborshed Study is and when studies will be completed in which regions of Iowa.

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.

Here is the  Executive Summary 2019 Laborshed Report Buchanan County  as well as the Cedar Valley Regional Executive Summary 2019

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

Advanced Manufacturing 2019                Food Processing 2019              Health Care 2019    Agriculture 2019               Biotech 2019

Financial Services 2019    Skilled Trades 2019   Information Technology 2019   Warehousing & Distribution 2019