Labor Force Profile
Osceola County pulls its labor force from a six-county surrounding area that totals over 100,000 people. The area contains some of the best skilled, motivated and dedicated workers in the Midwest. These traits mean success for businesses and industries located in the county. A laborshed study of Osceola County was conducted by Iowa Workforce Development in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Please click here to access that study, which was released in May 2022.

Average hourly earnings for select occupations in Osceola County, as of May 2021:

• Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks - $17.16
• Secretaries - $16.44
• Office Clerks, general - $15.03
• Accountants and Auditors - $28.54
• Community and Social Service Occupations - $20.76
• Industrial Machinery Mechanics - $22.00
• First Line supervisors of production workers - $26.85
• Assemblers and fabricators - $16.62
• Welders, cutters, solderers and brazers - $19.45
• Agricultural Worker, All Other- $15.31

Data source: EMSI occupation employment data are based on final EMSI industry data and final EMSI staffing patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW Employees classes of worker) and the American Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected by county-level EMSI earnings by industry. This report uses data from the following agencies: Iowa Workforce Development. Earnings include wages, salaries, overtime, and bonuses.

Home Base Iowa
Osceola County is a Home Base Iowa Community. Home Base Iowa is a public-private partnership connecting transitioning service members and veterans with opportunities in Iowa. Home Base Iowa businesses are the centerpiece of the program with over 2,000 businesses joining forces to help fill the skilled labor gap in Iowa and connect veterans with careers. To view employers looking to hire veterans in Osceola County, please click here. To view the welcome package, please click here.


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