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Hancock County has Quality Workers
Every successful business knows that one of the most important elements of that success begins with having quality, hardworking employees. Employees that know what it means to put in a day’s work for a day’s wage. Hancock County has a quality, job-ready workforce. Our 2012 Laborshed Study shows that 1/3 of existing employees who are willing to change employment have undergraduate or advanced college degrees. This study also shows that 75 percent have some level of education/training beyond high school. Iowa is well-known for its education system, and our Hancock County schools are among the state’s best.
We have a diversity of skills in our workforce, with 21.2% employed in Manufacturing; 16.7% in Healthcare & Social Services; 13.9% in Education; 13.5% in Wholesale & Retail Trade; 8% in Government; 6.9% in Agriculture; 4.9% each in Transportation/Communications/Utilities and Personal Services; 4.2% In Finance/Insurance/Real Estate; 1.7% in Professional Services; and .6% in Entertainment & Recreation.
We have some great places to live in Hancock County but we are not limited to the workforce residing here. The Laborshed Study shows that we have individuals commuting an average of 8 miles one way, but employees currently working who are willing to consider changing employment are willing to commute an average of 23 miles each way.
There are many variables that go into determining wage levels, but overall, the average wage in Hancock County is under $15.00 per hour. Benefit levels are also very reasonable, but are sufficient to provide the security that most of us are looking for.
Iowa is a “right-to-work” state. Hancock County has a very low percentage of employers with union representation. Businesses with union work forces appear to have good relationships with those unions.
The Hancock County Laborshed and the North Central Iowa Alliance Workforce Analysis Studies may be accessed by clicking on these documents:
Hancock County has Quality Employment Opportunities
Hancock County employers are usually looking for additional quality workers. The latest job openings we know about can be found by clicking on this link:
You may also contact the Iowa Workforce Development for more job listings in this area:
Iowa Workforce Development
Hancock County Economic Development Partners
Hancock County Economic Development Corporation is a good place to start your search for opportunities in Hancock County. However, we work with many other organizations to provide you the information YOU need to make important decisions in locating you or your business to this area.
Britt, Garner and Forest City each have active chamber and development organizations that partner with HCEDC to better meet your needs. Our smaller communities also have resources through their city governments that can provide you with useful information. The utility providers in the county include Prairie Energy Cooperative, MidAmerican Energy, Corwith Municipal Utility, Forest City Municipal Utility, Alliant Energy, and Corn Belt Power Cooperative for your electricity needs; Black Hills Energy and Alliant Energy, for natural gas; and COMM1 and WCTA are the local telephone and internet providers. All of these utilities work together to create the best services needed for your home and business. We have other resource partners that work with us on specific development projects, including, the North Central Iowa Alliance, North Iowa Area Council of Governments, Iowa Area Development Group, and Iowa Economic Development Authority.
You can learn more about these partners by clicking on their links and visiting their websites. Specific city resources can be accessed from the CommunitiesTab on this website.
"We have some great places to live in Hancock County but we are not limited to the workforce residing here. The Laborshed Study shows that we have individuals commuting an average of 8 miles one way, but employees currently working who are willing to consider changing employment are willing to commute an average of 23 miles each way."