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 22,709 10,062 297 3.0%
Haskell County, KS 4,006 2,283 45 2.0%
Meade County, KS 4,216 2,719 53 1.9%
Stevens County, KS 5,584 2,771 89 3.2%
Beaver County, OK 5,382 3,014 72 2.6%
Texas County, OK 21,098 9,711 248 2.6%
Total 62,995 30,560 804 2.5% (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

Seward County                                                                       200

City of Liberal                                                                          200

National Carriers                                                                     200

 

Source:  Retail Strategies