What makes ICR such a great place to locate and grow your business? From our educated workforce to our low cost of living and our lower-than-average rental, construction, payroll, and utility costs—the numbers say it all. See how Iowa compares to other states with the IEDA 50 States Comparison tool.
Sometimes numbers speak louder than words
Employment Growth Rate
Mean Commute Time
Median Household Income Growth Rate
Per Capita Personal Income
Per Capita Gross Domestic Product
Cost of Living Index
people within one days drive
Reports & Surveys
Every 2-3 years, Iowa Workforce Development completes a Laborshed Analysis for each region of the state. Laborshed studies provide community leaders, economic developers, site selectors, and existing or prospective employers a flexible tool for understanding the workforce characteristics of their local labor market. A laborshed is defined as the area or region from which an employment center draws its commuting workers. It shows the distribution of these workers regardless of political boundaries. Laborshed studies also address underemployment, availability of labor, and likeliness of the employed or not employed to change or accept employment. Other topics covered within a laborshed analysis include: current and desired occupations, wages, hours worked, job search resources, and distance willing to commute to work.
Existing Industry Surveys
Most of our region’s growth, both in capital investment and jobs, comes from local business expansions. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Development Group conduct Existing Industry interviews annually. These surveys play an important role in identifying opportunities to better support our regional employers.
Iowa Workforce Development Labor Market Information
Iowa Workforce Development has an unparalleled Labor Market Information Department. They provide the following annual reports:
They are also available as a resource for customized reports.
For further information contact:
Donna Burkett, 515 242-5862 or Ryan Murphy, 515 281-7505, Email: [email protected]
ICR IOWA Customized Reports
The team at ICR IOWA can provide customized reports using a variety of data analytics sites.
Contact: Brian Crowe at [email protected]
ICR Skills Talent Forecast
The ICR Skills Talent Forecast is conducted every two years by ICR IOWA and Kirkwood Community College to determine the future workforce needs of employers in the region.