Labor Force

A High Quality Workforce

One of Waverly and the Cedar Valley's most valuable assets is its high quality work force. The knowledge, skills and work ethic of the area's labor force is a tremendous advantage to employers and businesses in the area. Employers benefit from the highly productive and dedicated individuals who exemplify the work ethic of the Midwest. 

An Abundant Workforce

Waverly benefits from a population of nearly 150,000 within a 30 minute commuting radius, setting the stage for a generous and diverse pool of available labor.

An Educated Workforce

Over 3/4 (76%) of the employed residents in the laborshed area have some level of education/training beyond high school:

Trade Certified – 4.6%
Vocational Training – 2.4%
Associate Degree – 15.5%
Undergraduate Degree – 30.4%
Postgraduate/Professional Degree – 8.2%

Workforce & Laborshed Studies

A Laborshed Study was completed in Spring 2019 by Iowa Workforce Development in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority. These reports detail the workforce characteristics for the area from which Waverly draws workers. 

Interactive Laborshed Report
Laborshed Executive Summary
Labor Characteristics - Financial Services
Labor Characteristics - Advanced Manufacturing
Labor Characteristics - Biotechnology
Labor Characteristics - Warehouse & Distribution

The following reports show labor characteristics for the 6-county Cedar Valley Region, which includes Waverly:

Cedar Valley Regional Executive Summary
Regional Labor Characteristics - Financial Services
Regional Labor Characteristics - Advanced Manufacturing
Regional Labor Characteristics - Biotechnology
Regional Labor Characteristics - Warehouse & Distribution

A high quality of life, friendly and progressive merchants, and a college town atmosphere; this is Waverly, Iowa.