A Laborshed area is defined by its commuting pattern and illustrates which communities contribute to an employment center's workforce and at what level.  Waukon offers a cost-effective, highly productive workforce that is receptive to various work environments and schedules. Waukon has a long history of manufacturing innovation and an exemplary work ethic that comes from a farm, as well as a small-town, background. Members of the community show up to work in a timely fashion, always ready to put their best foot forward.  

Iowa Workforce Development and its Board of Directors worked in partnership with the Employers' Council of Iowa to contact a random sample of local employers across all industrial classifications and employment ranges. Responding businesses provided information on fringe benefit packages offered in the Northeast Iowa Regional Partnership that encompasses Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Fayette, and Clayton counties in Iowa. The information provides a detailed analysis of employer-provided benefits. Consequently, this information will assist businesses, community leaders, and workers to make better informed decisions on expansion and retention initiatives, community development projects, and job offerings.
The Workforce Needs Assessment was conducted from September 2007 through January 2008 by Iowa Workforce Development with support from the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Employers were asked to provide information regarding both their current level of employment and their current and expected job vacancies. The goal of the survey was to collect and analyze data regarding the demand for workers and the skills required of workers in the area.
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