Marion is located in ICR Iowa. Our region has access to an educated labor-force of 880,000 workers. A quality workforce is essential to business operation, and our workforce in Marion is one reason why quality companies invest in our community.

Workforce Data

Informed decisions are the right decisions. That is why MEDCO works with our partners at Iowa Workforce Development to generate the following workforce data. 

Current Data from Iowa Workforce Development

Cedar Rapids Laborshed Area (Includes Marion, IA) - 2019

Laborforce (Population Ages 18-64): 887,767
Employed likely to change employment for a new opportunity:  91,193
Unemployed likely to accept employment: 51,165
Average miles traveled for employment: 15
Underemployed, likely to change employment: 6,384


Cedar Rapids Area Laborshed - 2019 Executive Summary

Take a Visual Tour of the Laborshed

2019 Labor Characteristics

Advanced Manufacturing
Financial Services
Warehouse & Distribution

Industry projection breakdown:

Learn more about estimated activity for all industries.

Iowa New Jobs Training Program (260E)

An Employee Training Program Designed for New or Expanding Business

The Iowa New Jobs Training Program (260E) is an incentive program for companies expanding or relocating to a new facility in the state of Iowa. Participation in the program allows employers to be reimbursed for a portion of training expense and wages for new jobs created in the state.

The 260E program is one of the easiest and most beneficial incentive programs from the state of Iowa. The community colleges across the state administer the program and over 300 companies in Kirkwood's seven county region have participated in the program.

Eligible industries: manufacturing, processing, assembling products, warehousing, wholesaling, or conducting research and development as well as businesses engaged in the provision of services that have customers outside of Iowa. 

Watch video from area business people who use the 260E program.

Marion Career Explorer Club

Connecting Marion students to Marion employers

MEDCO has partnered with Vernon Middle School of the Marion Independent School and Linn-Mar School districts to launch yearly Career Explorer Clubs. The clubs meet monthly at a local employer, giving the employer an opportunity to teach the kids more about their industry, their company, and the skills needed to work for them. The program was created with the goal of being an innovative co-educational program with the purpose to expose students to various career opportunities across different industry segments.

If you are interested in hosting the career explorer club at your business, contact Nick Glew.

Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection

Workplace Learning Connection connects students in east central Iowa with business professionals that are interested in preparing our region's future workforce.

Students become more prepared for the local job market, and businesses have the opportunity to mold potential employees, creating a hands-on way for students to explore careers while in high school. 

Learn more about the program here