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Liberal, Kansas was home to a B-24 Liberator pilot training base and a major Beech aircraft manufacturing facility during World War II.
Liberal, Kansas was home to a B-24 Liberator pilot training base and a major Beech aircraft manufacturing facility during World War II.

Labor Market

Liberal’s labor force is young and diverse, including skilled and semi-skilled workers with
a variety of technical and educational backgrounds. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School offers workforce development programs as well as degrees in agriculture, math, science and skilled trades. Workforce development is provided through the Business and Industry office.

Kansas is a right-to-work state.

Labor Pool

includes surrounding five counties
County Population Total Labor Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Seward County, KS 22,952 11,044 445 4.0%
Haskell County, KS 4,256 2,220 71 3.2%
Meade County, KS 4,575 2,421 79 3.3%
Stevens County, KS 5,724 2,327 104 4.5%
Beaver County, OK 5,636 3,600 94 2.3%
Texas County, OK 20,640 7,636 354 4.1%
Total 63,783 29,248 1,147 3.6% (avg)
Sources: Kansas Department of Labor, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Major Employers

Employer Employees
National Beef 3,500
USD 480 800
Seward County Community College 450
Southwest Medical Center 425
Wal-Mart Supercenter 350
Seaboard Foods 275
Seward County 200
City of Liberal 200
National Carriers 200
Panhandle Oilfield Services 175
DCP Midstream 150
Dillons 125
Halliburton 125
Conestoga Energy 120
High Plains Pizza 100

Median Wages

Occupation Description Jobs Median Hourly Wage
Production 3,029 $13.29
Sales 1,495 $12.13
Office and Administrative 1,443 $13.57
Transportation and Material Moving 1,306 $15.59
Management 1,101 $22.56
Construction and Extraction 938 $17.63
Education and Training and Library 856 $23.73
Food Preparation and Serving 831 $10.18
Installation and Maintenance and Repair 721 $22.51
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance 604 $9.14
Personal Care and Service 378 $10.61
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical 346 $27.27
Business and Financial Operations 328 $19.32
Healthcare support 209 $11.57
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media 197 $10.44
Protective Service 186 $16.95
Farming, Fishing and Forestry 159 $16.37
Community and Social Services 153 $12.93
Life, Physical and Social Science 103 $19.51
Military 102 $10.64
Architecture and Engineering 74 $24.62
Computer and Mathematical Science 63 $22.71
Legal 61 $22.81
Source: EMSI Complete Employment – 2011

Quick Facts

The Liberal Mid-America Air Museum holds the nation’s fifth largest collection of military and civilian aircraft.


City of Liberal Economic Development | 324 N. Kansas Ave. Liberal, Kansas 67905
Email: jeff.parsons@cityofliberal.org | Phone: (620) 626-2257 | Fax: (620) 626-0589

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