Laborshed Analysis

Laborshed Analysis

A laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. The Iowa Lakes Corridor has a Laborshed study updated every three years. All information reported in the laborshed analysis is based on the number of respondents; 1,125 surveys were completed in 2015. The information reported is in aggregate form. The total potential laborforce from the four-county region of Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet is 132,008.

Kiley Miller, president and CEO of the Corridor, said, “Our recent laborshed analysis informs us, as well as existing and prospective employers, that our region has a diverse mix of industries, skills, abilities and work experiences and a potential laborforce two times our population.”

The laborshed analysis was conducted in the summer of 2015, following the collection of zip code information from area employers. The zip code information was entered into a geographical information system mapping program to generate the concentration levels and commuting patterns of employees in the region. Telephone surveys were then conducted on more than 1600 residents/employees in the region between the ages of 18 and 64.

Laborshed summaries of the four nodes, Storm Lake, Spencer, Spirit Lake and Estherville, are available, as well as a regional analysis. They are also available by specific industries: advanced manufacturing and food processing. Here you can view all of the summaries. Full detailed reports are available for a fee at the Iowa Lakes Corridor office. Please contact us for more information.

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Jun 02, 2016

Estherville Updated Wage Reports
Updated Laborshed Area Wage Report

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Jun 02, 2016

Spencer Updated Wage Reports
Updated Laborshed Area Wage Report

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Jun 02, 2016

Iowa Lakes Regional Updated Wage Reports
Updated Laborshed Area Wage Report

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Apr 02, 2015

Storm Lake Laborshed Executive Summary
An executive summary of the Storm Lake, Iowa laborshed characteristics.

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Apr 02, 2015

Spencer Laborshed Executive Summary
An executive summary of the laborshed for Spencer, Iowa.

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Apr 02, 2015

Spirit Lake Laborshed Executive Summary
An executive summary of the laborshed characteristics for the Spirit Lake/Dickinson County, Iowa area.

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Apr 02, 2015

Estherville Laborshed Executive Summary
An executive summary of the laborshed characteristics for Estherville/Emmet County, Iowa.

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Apr 02, 2015

Corridor Regional Laborshed Executive Summary
A Laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. To determine the approximate boundaries of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Region, information from local and state sources were plotted for geographic analysis. The information contained within this summary is based on aggregate data from the Estherville, Spencer, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake Laborshed studies (1,125 total completed...

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Apr 02, 2015

Advanced Manufacturing Laborshed Summary
Advanced manufacturing is a strong industry sector in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region and a targeted industry.  This summary will provide a broad overview of the current employment by position and wage levels.

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Jun 01, 2013

Food Processing Laborshed Summary
There is a signifcant food processing industry in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region.  The Food Processing Laboshed summary is specific to this industry and should be a helpful tool for existing as well as prospective companies in the industry. 

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