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Iowa Wage Surveys
Provides a variety of wage and salary information including wage and employment estimates for Iowa, the 15 IWD regions, metropolitan statistical areas, counties and industries. For additional information, call (515) 281-5113.

Iowa Affirmative Action Data
For employers’ Equal Employment Opportunity programs to help evaluate the utilization of women and minorities in their work forces. It contains data relating to: population by gender and minority status; labor force by gender and minority group; and employment applicants by EEO-1 category recorded by Workforce Development Centers. Produced annually. For additional information: (515) 242-5862

Enhancing Economic Development

Laborshed Studies 
A laborshed assists businesses with recruitment, retention, expansion and site selection efforts. IWD conducts laborshed studies and other specialized surveys and analyses to assist community efforts to enhance their area as a place to expand and operate a business as well as live and work. A laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers regardless of natural or political boundaries. Laborsheds are conducted on an “as requested” basis and the fee is based on the population of the Laborshed area. For additional information: (515) 281-4896
E-mail: Laborshed.Studies@iwd.iowa.gov

Nonfarm Employment and Earnings (Current Employment Statistics) 
A monthly news release that makes available average weekly earnings, average weekly hours and average hourly earnings for production workers. For additional information: (515) 242-6289 or (800) 532-9793 (from Iowa)

Analyzing the Labor Market

Workforce Information Workshops for Business 
Learn how to identify growing industries and occupations, determine wage rates, assess the local labor supply and track local economic trends. Businesses can participate in educational workshops on labor market information for a specific area. This information can be used to help define your business decisions. To arrange for a workshop in your area, contact your nearest Iowa Workforce Development Center. For additional information: (515) 281-3996, E-mail: iwd.lmi@iwd.iowa.gov or Laborshed.Studies@iwd.iowa.gov

Iowa Current Employment Situation
A monthly news release that contains the latest statistics on the labor force, the level of unemployed, the unemployment rate, total employment, and data on unemployment insurance claims. Analyst commentary is provided on the unemployment rate and on nonfarm employment. Optional tables include state, MSA, and county unemployment rates for the reference month compared to rates for the previous month and a year ago. For additional information: (515) 281-8182

Iowa Trends 
This Web site gives key indicators of economic health and trends in the state. Key economic indicators include housing sales, motor vehicle sales, projected income, business patterns, gross state product, exports, farmland values, city costs, poverty rates, and a host of economic information that can be used to assist in making informed decisions. Historical and projected data can be downloaded as well. For additional information: E-mail: trends@iwd.iowa.gov

Iowa Workforce Information Network (IWIN) 
An electronic labor market delivery system providing data for key areas such as: business, careers, jobs, cost of living, education, population, unemployment, industries, and wages and income. In addition tools will be found that provide information on employers, workforce indicators, occupational information, and detailed maps and indicators on where people work and where people live. For additional information: (515) 281-6981

Iowa WorkNet
An analysis of current economic conditions in Iowa, featuring a topic of interest such as an explanation of the Consumer Price Index or highlights of specific industries. It contains tables of labor force data, average wages and hours, and data about unemployment insurance claimants. This is produced quarterly.
For additional information: (515) 281-8182 

Labor Force Summary Tables
The most widely used economic measures of the economy. They quantify the labor force, employment, unemployment, and unemployment rate for the state, combined statistical areas, metropolitan areas, counties, metropolitan areas, and cities with a population of 25,000 or larger. Also included is employment within major industry groups. Information is updated monthly. For additional information: (515) 281-8182

Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Web Sites
Our 15 regional workforce development partnerships throughout Iowa are ready to meet your workforce and workplace needs. Visit the Web site for your multi-county area to discover services and jobs available to you. In addition, we provide regional data on the economy, jobs and careers and other publications and services.

Regional Profiles
A blueprint, a map, a design, a plan… you need one for most successful ventures. The regional profiles provide the latest information about jobs and workers in your multi-county labor area. For additional information: (515) 281-8185
 

 
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