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Waukee Economic Development

Posted on: December 30, 2021

Laborshed Study to Be Conducted in Waukee


The City of Waukee is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Waukee area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Waukee's workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns. 

The purpose of this Laborshed study is to measure the availability and characteristics of Waukee area workers. Laborshed studies are useful tools for economic development teams and existing or prospective employers to understand the local labor market, make informed expansion and site selection decisions, and maintain/recruit a high-quality workforce.

The Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the Waukee area for employment. For the success of this study, letters will be sent to employers in Waukee asking that they provide aggregate counts of employees’ residential ZIP codes. This reporting will help give an understanding of where each community’s workforce resides. 

Every year Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online. For questions about the Laborshed project, please contact Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035 or Jennifer Brown with the City of Waukee at 515-978-7410.

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