‘You Can Be Great Here’ in the Greater Dubuque Region

by Connie Cherba

In early December 2022, the Greater Dubuque Development Corp. (GDDC) – a non-profit organization dedicated to providing workforce solutions, supporting existing industry, and attracting new talent and businesses – presented the 2022 Skills Gap Analysis along with programs, initiatives, and tools designed to address the challenge.

Nic Hockenberry, GDDC Director of Workforce Programming, shared data from the recent skills gap analysis: the difference between the working age population (16-69) and available jobs.

“Employment in the region has increased and we’ve had a slight decrease in the working age population,” he said. Currently Dubuque Co. has a working age population of 66,617 people and 61,643 jobs. By 2032 those number change to a working age population of 65,078 people and 66,329 jobs.

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