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 Mar 6, 2020 

County Population Total Labor Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Seward County, KS 21,780 9,544 297 3.1%
Haskell County, KS 3,997 2,187 45 2.1%
Meade County, KS 4,146 2,115 48 2.3%
Stevens County, KS 5,559 2,496 71 2.8%
Beaver County, OK 5,319 2,864 53 1.9%
Texas County, OK 20,455 8,751 208 2.4%
Total 61,256 27,957 722 2.4% (avg)

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

Major Employers

Employer                                                                                Employees

National Beef                                                                          3,500

USD 480                                                                                 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

    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)