The Ames Economic Development Commission, along with the Nevada Economic Development Council (NEDC), has been working with the Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a laborshed employment study for the Story County area. This study will determine the potential labor force from which the Story County area employers draw their employees based upon commuting patterns in the region. The study will assist existing and potential new businesses in better understanding the area’s labor force and characteristics regardless of political boundaries.

Our laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals working in the Story County area. For the success of this study, we have asked employers in the Laborshed area to provide aggregate counts of their employees by ZIP code according to place of residence. This reporting will give a good understanding of where each community’s worker force resides.

Once that laborshed area is determined, a confidential household telephone survey will be conducted in those areas. The questions will cover topics like employment status, wages, benefits, education and occupation. Survey results will then be applied to demographic data to develop a total potential labor force of the laborshed, as well as estimates for various labor force characteristics.

The results for each county and regional analysis can be found at http://www.iowaworkforce.org/lmi/labsur/index.html. If you have questions about the laborshed employment study project, contact Ryan Murphy at 515-281-7505 or, in Nevada, LaVon Schiltz, executive director of the NEDC, at 382-1430.