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West Burlington, Iowa

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Skilled Workforce

Greater Burlington draws from a laborshed of more that 125,000 and is located in a four county region that includes Des Moines, Louisa, Henry and Lee Counties (Great River Region), boasting more than 262,000 total workers.

Greater Burlington offers employers a skilled workforce in a state where payroll costs are 14% below the national average.  

Greater Burlington Employed Workforce Stats

Education & Training

  • 73% have training beyond high school
  • 3% are trade certified
  • 2% completed vocational training
  • 16.1% have an associated degree
  • 23% have an undergraduate degree
  • 9.5% have a postgraduate/professional degree

Quick Facts

  • 9.5% work multiple jobs
  • Average age is 51
  • 16.1% employed in manufacturing sector (up from 13% in 2009)
  • 4% speak more than one language

Greater Burlington Employment Data

Largest Industries

  • Education, Manufacturing and Health Care represent the three largest industrial classifications

Willingness to Change/Accept Employment

  • 22,297 workers are willing to change or accept employment
  • Those currently employed are willing to commute on average 28 miles one way for employment
    • To attract the upper 66% to 75% of employed, qualified hourly applicants ranges from $12.92 - $14.00 (Finance/Insurance Industry) to $18.45 to $20.00 (Manufacturing Industry)
  • Those unemployed are willing to commute on average 22 miles one way for employment
    • The estimated wage to attract upper 66% to 75% qualified hourly applicants that are currently unemployed is $10.64 to $15.38
Manufacturing Workforce Stats  
Percent of Laborshed Employed in Manufacturing 16%

 

Percent in Manufacturing with Education Beyond High School

56%
Percent Employed in Manufacturing with Associates Degree 11.3%
Percent Employed in Manufacturing with Undergraduate Degree or Higher 18.5%
Median Annual Wage (Salaried) $97,500
Median Non-Salaried Hourly Wage $17.78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great River Regional Employment Data

Industry % of Laborshed # of Employed
Education 19.8% 37,385
Manufacturing 16.4% 31,338
Health Care/Social Services 15.2% 29,045
Wholesale & Retail Trade 11.4% 21,784
Transportation, Communication & Utilities 6.8% 12,994
Public Administration & Government 6.4% 12,229
Personal Services 6.0% 11,465
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate 5.6% 10,701
Professional Services 5.6% 10,701
Construction 4.2% 8,026
Agriculture 2.0% 3,822
Entertainment & Recreation 0.4% 764
Other (Non-profit, Regiligous, Military, etc.) 0.2% 382

 

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