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Forest City Economic Development
145 S. Clark Street
PO Box 306
Forest City, IA 50436
Office: (641) 585-5560

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The Forest City labor shed is home to highly skilled workers in the manufacturing sector. Below are a few examples of how our workforce compares to the United States average.

The labor shed has seen the following growth in Transportation and Machinery Manufacturing related jobs over the last 5 years.

  • 163% growth in people employed in Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturing
  • 38% growth in people employed in Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
  • 32% growth in people employed in Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing
  • 26% growth in people employed as Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 23% growth in people employed as Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
  • 22% growth in people employed as Millwrights
  • 21% growth in people employed as Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 16% growth in people employed as Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • 15% growth in people employed as Mechanical Engineers
  • 14% growth in people employed as Electricians
  • 13% growth in people employed as Industrial Engineers
  • 10% growth in people employed as Production Workers, All Other
  • 8% growth in people employed as Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
  • 7% growth in people employed as Industrial Engineering Technicians

The Forest City labor shed is home to highly skilled workers in the manufacturing sector. Below are a few examples of how our workforce compares to the United States average.

  • 80.3 times the US average of people employed in Motor Home Manufacturing
  • 29.6 times the US average of people employed in Farm Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing
  • 7.1 times the US average of people employed in Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
  • 6.9 times the US average of people employed in Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing
  • 6.3 times the US average of people employed in Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturing
  • 6.3 times the US average of people employed as Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
  • 3.9 times the US average of people employed in Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 3.8 times the US average of people employed in Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 3.3 times the US average of people employed in Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • 3.1 times the US average of people employed in Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • 3 times the US average of people employed as Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 3 times the US average of people employed as Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other
  • 3 times the US average of people employed as Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other
  • 2.9 times the US average of people employed as Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • 2.8 times the US average of people employed as Production Workers, All Other
  • 2.8 times the US average of people employed as Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
  • 2.3 times the US average of people employed as Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
  • 2 times the US average of people employed in Motor Vehicle Gasoline Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing

The following quantities of skilled workers are currently employed in our region:

  • 2,342 employed in Farm Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing
  • 1,892 employed in Motor Home Manufacturing
  • 1455 employed as Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
  • 1023 employed as Electricians
  • 793 employed as Production Workers, All Other
  • 777 employed as Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 683 employed as Machinists
  • 545 employed in Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
  • 428 employed in Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing
  • 409 employed as Industrial Engineers
  • 366 employed in Tire Manufacturing
  • 325 employed as Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 300 employed as Mechanical Engineers
  • 300 employed in Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • 241 employed as Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 236 employed as Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • 231 employed in Industrial Truck, Tractor, Trailer, and Stacker Machinery Manufacturing
  • 220 employed as Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
  • 213 employed as Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 170 employed in Motor Vehicle Gasoline Engine and Engine Parts Manufacturing
  • 149 employed as Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
  • 140 employed as Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • 133 employed as Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • 128 employed as Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • 121 employed as Electrical Engineers
  • 105 employed as Tool and Die Makers
  • 102 employed as Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 91 employed as Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
  • 90 employed as Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other