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 Dec., 2019 

County Population Total Labor Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Seward County, KS 21,780 9,435 269 2.9%
Haskell County, KS 3,997 2,247 42 1.9%
Meade County, KS 4,146 2,192 47 1.9%
Stevens County, KS 5,559 2,510 63 2.4%
Beaver County, OK 5,319 3,005 48 1.6%
Texas County, OK 20,455 9,227 176 1.9%
Total 61,256 28,616 645 2.1% (avg)

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 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

City of Liberal                                                                          260

Seward County                                                                       200

National Carriers                                                                     200

Source:  Retail Strategies

Business Size

  Percentage Business Count
1 to 4 employees 36.8% 330
5 to 9 employees 25.6% 230
10-19 employees 17.2% 154
20-49 employees 16.1% 144
50-99 employees 2.8% 25
100-249 employees 1.2% 11
250-499 employees 0.2% 2
500+ employees 0.1% 1

Business Data by Database USA.com