The Mills County Economic Development Foundation is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a labor shed employment study for the Mills County Economic Development service area. This study will define the areas from which current and future Mills County Economic Development area employers draw their employees and will further examine that labor force. The study is based upon commuting patterns into the area and it will assist existing and potential businesses with a better understanding of the size and characteristics of the area’s labor force, regardless of political boundaries.
The labor shed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the Mills County Economic Development area for employment. For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Mills and neighboring counties asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This reporting will give us an understanding of where each community’s workforce resides.
Once that labor shed area is determined, a confidential household telephone survey will be conducted in those identified areas. The survey call originates out of Cedar Rapids, IA, therefore, the incoming number will have the 319 area code. The survey questions will cover topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation among other things. Survey results will be applied to demographic data to determine the size of the Mills County Economic Development area labor force as well as reveal various labor force characteristics unique to the area. Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers any identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth.
MCEDF Director Rick Allely stated, “We thank everyone for their support and participation as we work to growing existing business and attracting new employers to Mills County, Iowa. The data collected during the labor shed survey will be valuable for existing companies as well as those we are working hard to attract. The combination of quality data and shovel ready sites is just another example of our County investing in its future. These efforts are not possible without the support of our citizens, businesses, and elected officials.”
The results for each county and regional Labor shed analysis that has been conducted by Iowa Workforce Development are available online at https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/laborshed. If you have any questions about the Labor shed workforce project, please contact Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035 or Rick L. Allely, CEcD MCRP at the Mills County Economic Development Foundation 712-302-7010.