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Laborshed studies provide community
leaders, economic developers, site selectors and existing or prospective
employers a flexible tool for understanding the workforce
characteristics of their local labor market.
A Laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers.
It shows the distribution of these workers regardless of political boundaries. Laborshed
studies also address underemployment, availability of labor and
likeliness of the employed and not employed to change or accept employment.
Other topics covered within a Laborshed analysis include: current and desired occupations, wages, hours worked,
job search resources and distance willing to commute to work.
For further information contact:
Regional Research & Analysis Bureau
Iowa Workforce Development
Telephone: (515) 281-7505
Fax: (515) 281-9656