IWD study defines Clinton's laborshed

CLINTON — After a study completed by Iowa Workforce Development, Clinton-area business leaders have a better understanding of the labor availabilities and characteristics in the region around them.

The study was designed to help get a feel for exactly where Clinton's labor force is coming from, what types of labor are offered in Clinton, and certain demographical analysis of the city's laborers. A laborshed is an area that is defined by its commuting pattern and illustrates which communities contribute to an employment center's workforce and at what level.

The heavy majority of Clinton's laborers who are "likely to accept or change employment in Clinton" reside in the city itself. Camanche, DeWitt, Low Moor, Fulton, Illinois, and Morrison, Illinois are also near the top of the list, as are the Quad-City area and towns in western Illinois.

The study found that Clinton's laborshed stretches as far west in Iowa as the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area, and as far north as Dubuque.

In total, the laborshed reaches 479,094 people in the 18-64 age demographic, the study found. Of those, Iowa Workforce Development estimated that 22,014 are "likely to accept employment in Clinton, Iowa." Of the total laborshed population for Clinton, 17.5 percent work in manufacturing industries, sharing the lead with wholesale and resale trades – that equates to 61,288 laborers in each, according to the study.

Following those, healthcare and social services came in third with 13 percent of the workforce, or 45,528 laborers. Education, professional services, construction, finance, transportation, personal services, government, agriculture, and entertainment and recreation follow the top three, rounding out the total laborshed.

Commute-wise, the study found that the average employed laborer in Clinton's laborshed is willing to travel up to 16 miles one way for an employment opportunity, or 35 minutes. A total of 1,550 people live in Clinton but work elsewhere.

Of those employed in the Clinton laborshed, 75.3 percent have an education beyond high school – 27.8 percent of that group have an undergraduate degree, and another 27.8 percent have "some education beyond high school with no degree."