Labor Availability

Labor Force Summary (2015 Averages)

Region Available Labor Force Number Employed Number Unemployed Unemployment Rate
United States 157,126,000 148,839,000 8,287,000 5.3%
Iowa 1,701,300 1,638,900 62,500 3.7%
Des Moines MSA 339,500 327,700 11,800 3.5%
Dallas County 42,900 41,700 1,200 2.8%

Sources: Iowa Workforce Development, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Labor Availability
View summary analyses of laborshed studies of greater Dallas County communities. Laborshed studies show distribution of workers, underemployment, the availability and willingness of current and prospective employees to change employment, current and desired occupations, wages, hours worked and distance willing to commute to work.

Adel Laborshed Summary
Perry Laborshed Summary 
Waukee Laborshed Summary 
West Des Moines Laborshed Summary 
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Fringe Benefit Profile
View information on employer benefit packages in the Greater Des Moines region, including the greater Dallas County region.

Greater Des Moines Fringe Benefit Profile

Occupational Wage Survey
View Occupational Employment Statistics Wage Surveys showing employment and wage estimates by occupation.

Occupational Wage and Employment graph showing an overview of common occupations and corresponding average hourly wages in Dallas County, Des Moines-West Des Moines MSA, statewide, and nationally.


Average Hourly Wages by Occupation   

  Dallas County DM-WDM MSA Iowa United States
Chief Executive $85.21 $90.01 $74.43 $82.50
Marketing Manager $68.24 $61.14 $51.63 $64.28
Financial Manager $65.52 $56.44 $51.19 $60.89
Industrial Production Manager $34.84 $40.53 $39.76 $47.78
Accountant / Auditor $26.66 $32.59 $30.00 $34.86
Computer Programmer $31.26 $31.83 $30.64 $38.91
Public Relation Specialists $29.03 $29.81 $26.82 $30.30
Sales Representative, Wholesale $26.31 $43.80 $41.91 $33.11
Telemarketer $13.46 $15.38 $10.47 $12.42
Executive Secretary / Assistant $21.55 $21.58 $19.80 $24.94
Secretary $17.52 $16.38 $14.52 $16.35
Office Clerk, General $15.36 $14.79 $14.06 $14.42
Production Supervisor $29.15 $26.45 $24.97 $27.96
Welder $17.98 $18.25 $16.76 $18.80
Team Assembler $14.66 $13.78 $15.01 $14.71
Truck Drivers, Light $12.33 $14.37 $14.21 $16.10
Truck Drivers, Heavy $22.15 $21.18 $18.89 $19.68

Source: Occupational Employment Statistics & Iowa Workforce Development Wage Survey, May 2011

Statewide Iowa Wage Survey
Dallas County, Iowa Wage Survey
DM-WDM MSA Occupational Wage and Employment

Quarterly Workforce Indicators
View demographic employment information from the Local Employment Dynamics Program including quarterly data on job creation, turnovers, and average earnings.

Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)

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