The Jasper County Economic Development Corporation announced today that it will be working with Iowa Workforce Development over the next month to conduct a laborshed employment study for the Jasper County area.
The study will examine the labor force from which Jasper County area employers draw their employees based upon commuting patterns into the area. The study will assist existing and potential businesses to better understand the size and characteristics of the area's labor force, regardless of political boundaries.
The study will identify the place of residence of individuals commuting into Jasper County for employment. Letters will be sent to employers in Jasper County asking that they provide aggregate counts of their employees' residential ZIP codes. This will provide an understanding of where each community's work force resides.
Once the laborshed area is determined, a confidential household telephone survey will be conducted in the identified areas. Questions will cover such topics as employment status, current and desired wages,, current and desired benefits, education level and type of occupation. Survey takers will not be asked to provide any identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number or date of birth.
Survey results will be applied to demographic data to determine the total potential labor force of the Jasper County area, as well as various labor force characteristics.
Jasper County's latest laborshed study was completed in July 2012.
For more information, contact JEDCO Executive Director Chaz Allen at 641-792-7574.