Two agencies are surveying people in the Quad Cities job market. The Chamber of Commerce and Iowa Workforce Development are conducting a study to find out who works here, how much they make, and other details about the regional workforce.
Tami Petsche, V.P. of Economic Development for the chamber, says starting late last week, researchers began calling people in Scott, Clinton, Muscatine, Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties.
They are being asked if they're employed, and if so, where, along with other questions. They are not being asked for any information that would identify them, such as a social security number or date of birth.
The state and chamber conduct laborshed surveys every other year. The most recent one in the Quad Cities was in 2016. One of the goals is to help attract and retain businesses. Petsche says currently the number one challenge for companies is finding employees with the necessary skills.
The survey should be completed by the end of the year.