Laborshed study in the works

CLINTON — A study set to be completed by the Clinton Regional Development Corp. is aiming to better understand the city's workforce patterns.

This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Clinton’s workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a "laborshed" area and is based upon commuting patterns. The CRDC will be partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Economic Development Authority for the initiative.

According to a release from the CRDC, the organization will be sending letters to employers in Clinton asking that they provide aggregate counts of their employees’ residential ZIP codes. This will reportedly allow officials to determine what the scope and scale of Clinton’s laborshed area is and better understand where Clinton’s workforce resides.

Once that laborshed area is determined, a confidential residential telephone survey will be conducted to collect workforce characteristic information specific to the area. According to the CRDC release, the survey call originates out of Cedar Rapids, prompting a 319 area code. The release states that a text message from an "888" number may be sent before the subsequent call, alerting potential participants to expect a call for the survey.

Survey questions will cover topics such as employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation among other things. However, Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers identifiable information such as name, social security number or date of birth.

"Your participation in this study will help economic development efforts and support both current and potential employers in your area," the CRDC release urges.

According to the release, questions regarding the laborshed project should be directed to Katie Lippold at (515) 281-3035 or Jenelle Wolber with the Clinton Regional Development Corp. at 242-4536.