The Wright County Economic Development has been working with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Wright County area. This study examines the labor force from which Wright County area employers draw their employees, and is based upon commuting patterns into the area. The study assists existing and potential businesses to better understand the size and characteristics of the area’s labor force regardless of political boundaries.
The Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the Wright County area for employment. For the success of the study, we sent letters to employers in Wright County asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. The reporting gave us an understanding of where each community’s workforce resides.
Once that Laborshed area was determined, a confidential household telephone survey was conducted in those identified areas. The questions covered topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation. Survey results were applied to demographic data to determine the size of the Wright County area labor force as well as various labor force characteristics. Iowa Workforce Development did not ask survey takers any identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth.
The results for each county and regional Laborshed analysis can be found at www.iowaworkforce.org. If you have any question about the Laborshed workforce project, please contact Ryan Murphy at 515-281-7505 or Bryce Davis at 515-532-6422.