Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


October 11, 2012

Laborshed project employer reporting

CENTERVILLE — The Appanoose Economic Development Corporation has been working with the Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research Bureau to complete a Laborshed employment study for Appanoose County. This study will develop the potential labor force from which Appanoose County employers draw their employees based upon commuting patterns into the region. The study will assist existing and potential new businesses in better understanding the areas labor force and characteristics regardless of political boundaries. In fact, an accurate, updated Laborshed Report can be a key tool for business expansion and attraction efforts.

Our Laborshed boundary is based on the place of residence of individuals working in Appanoose County. For the success of this study, we have asked employers in the Laborshed area to provide aggregate counts of their employees by ZIP code by place of residence. This reporting will give us 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 If you have any questions about the Laborshed employment study project, contact Ryan Murphy at (515) 281-7505 or Tod Faris, AEDC, at (641) 856-3388.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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