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Laborshed Studies

Laborshed studies provide community economic developers and existing or prospective employers a flexible tool to understand the local labor market and make informed expansion and site selection decisions.

A Laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. Laborshed studies show the distribution of the workers irrespective of natural or political boundaries. Laborsheds also address underemployment, the availability and willingness of current and prospective employees to change employment within the workforce, current and desired occupations, wages, hours worked and distance willing to commute to work.

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Current Laborshed Study Executive Summaries:

Use the drop-down menus below to find a specific Laborshed area.  They are listed in alphabetical order by county name and also by city.

  Laborshed Area by County Laborshed Area by City
A - F    
G - N    
O - Z    

Regional Laborshed Executive Summaries:


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Telephone: (515) 281-7505
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