Laborshed Data

The highly-anticipated 2020 US Census will bring much-needed new data to Ottumwa and Wapello County's demographics. In the meantime, Ottumwa relies on Iowa Workforce Development Laborshed information. The 2020 Laborshed has been released to the public. Additionally, GOPIP offers 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019 wage and laborshed statistics for historical reference. 2020 highlights include:

  • Average commute is 12 miles one-way; the equvilent of a 16 minute drive
  • of those emloyed and likely to change jobs, 81.7% have education/credentials beyond high school
  • of those unemployed and likely to accept employment, 57.2% have education/credentials beyone high school
  • Median wages for manufacturing jobs are $18/hour; healthcare jobs are $24/hr; education are $20/hr; construction are $20/hr; finance (includes insurance and financial services) are $26/hr