Labor Force

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The availability of skilled labor and the cost of labor are two very important factors in selecting a location for a business expansion or relocation. To aid business executives and site selection consultants in their site selection, O'Brien County has developed a tool for assessing our labor market:

Skills Ready Profile: This document provides an overview of our labor market that includes employment and occupation information by industry and occupation. Employment and wage information are shown for all of the Manufacturing and Logistics occupations in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) System for each of the target industry sectors.

To access the Profile for our labor market, click on the following:

Link to O'Brien County Skills Ready Profile


Contact: For additional information on our labor market and the benefits of locating in O'Brien County, please contact:

Kiana L. Johnson at or 712-957-1313

PRODUCTIVE, SKILLED, ETHICAL AND DEDICATED define the workforce available to businesses locating to O'Brien County.  Our recently completed laborshed study by the Iowa Workforce Development can be found here: Northwest Iowa Development Regional Laborshed Area Analysis

Clicking this link will take you to the Iowa Workforce Development website and the O'Brien County report in .pdf format.

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