Study to examine available workforce

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA —The city of Piqua is utilizing the services of national workforce intelligence and consulting firm Growth Services Group (GSG) in order to complete a Labor Commuting Certification for the community, which will study characteristics of the area’s available workforce.

“It’s really a study that is going to certify what our laborshed demographics are,” Economic Development Director Justin Sommer said, adding that GSG will “dig into the weeds of what represents our workforce.”

The Labor Commuting Certification will provide an overview of the Commuting Worker Flows — those who commute to Piqua for work and the residents who leave Piqua to work elsewhere — including the sources, destinations, and characteristics for Piqua and the surrounding area. The study will survey people who live in Piqua, find out where Piqua’s employees are coming from, and find out where our residents are going to for work.

“It will give our existing employers … an easier way to understand what our true workforce laborshed,” Sommer said. The study will also assist Sommer and Piqua’s Development Department in providing potential new businesses for the area an accurate representation of the available workforce, such as the availability of skilled labor within the laborshed.

“It certainly helps us present the qualifications of what our workforce is,” Sommer said. “This study should really help us understand those nuances of the data.”

Sommer explained that, from Census data, they already know that approximately 70 percent of the people who work in Piqua do not live in Piqua and vice versa. This study will examine that trend and other characteristics of people within the local workforce, such as educational backgrounds. The study will also present that information in a clear manner and address development and workforce needs for local employers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders, according to Sommer.

“The focus is to show the Piqua area as a leading labor magnet in the 60-mile radius and to identify the sources, destinations and characteristics of the workforce and where they live and work,” according to a press release provided by Sommer. “The availability, skills, talents and education of an area’s workforce is becoming more and more a community’s most important asset for economic activity. This profile is about measuring and quantifying workforce availability in a labor shed from which the employment center draws its commuting workers, with data drawn from the U.S. Census.”

The cost of the study is approximately $3,500 and should be complete in approximately six weeks.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall