WAUKEE — The Waukee Community and Economic Development Department 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.

For the success of this study, letters will be sent to employers in Waukee asking that they provide aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This will allow officials to determine what the scope and scale of Waukee’s Laborshed area is and better understand where Waukee’s workforce resides.

A confidential survey of residents will also be conducted to collect workforce characteristic information specific to the area. Residents will receive a letter directing them on how to take the survey online. 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. However, Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers identifiable information such as: name, social security number or date of birth.

Every year Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online at www.iowalmi.gov/laborshed.

Questions about the Laborshed project can be directed to Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035. Businesses and residents are thanked in advance for participation in this important study.