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) updated May27, 2020.  OK figures are March 2020 and KS Figures are April 2020 

County Population Total Labor Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Seward County, KS 21,780 9,058 550 6.1%
Haskell County, KS 3,997 2,047 65 3.2%
Meade County, KS 4,146 1,867 80 4.1%
Stevens County, KS 5,559 2,441 88 3.5%
Beaver County, OK 5,319 2,842 46 1.6%
Texas County, OK 20,455 11,525 196 1.7% 
Total 61,256 29,780 1025 3.4% (avg)

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Kansas Department of Labor, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Major Employers

Employer                                                                                Employees

National Beef                                                                          3,500

USD 480                                                                                 850

Seward County Community College                                       460

Southwest Medical Center                                                      425

Wal-Mart Supercenter                                                             350

Seaboard Foods                                                                     275

City of Liberal                                                                          220

Conestoga Energy                                                                  220

Seward County                                                                       200

National Carriers                                                                     200

DCP                                                                                                            150

Business Size

    Business Count
1 to 4 employees   244
5 to 9 employees   135
10-19 employees   86
20-49 employees   49
50-99 employees   10
100-249 employees   4
250 + employees   5
0 Employees   58
Total, All Size Classes                                                             591  
   
Source:  Kansas Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics;
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)