Grimes Chamber & Economic Development and other area economic development groups will be working with Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Des Moines metropolitan region, including the Grimes, Iowa area. This study will examine the labor force, from which area employers draw their employees. It is 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 Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals commuting into the area for employment. For the success of this study, we will be sending letters to employers in Grimes and surrounding communities asking that they provide us with aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This reporting will give us an understanding of where each community’s work force resides.
Once that Laborshed area is determined, a confidential household telephone survey will be conducted in those identified areas. The questions will cover topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation. Survey results will be applied to demographic data to determine the total potential labor force of the area as well as various labor force characteristics. Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers any identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth.
The results for each county and regional Laborshed analysis can be found at http://www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi/labsur/index.html. If you have any question about the Laborshed employment study project, please contact Ryan Murphy at 515-281-7505 or Brian Buethe at (515) 986-5770.