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 May 21, 2021 

Kansas figures as of April 2021 and OKlahoma figures as of March 2021 

County Population Total Labor Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Seward County, KS 21,428 9,811 278 2.8%
Haskell County, KS 2,220 2,141 35 1.6%
Meade County, KS 4,033 2,023 47 2.3%
Stevens County, KS 5,485 2,723 57 2.1%
Beaver County, OK 5,311 2,483 49 2.0%
Texas County, OK 19,983 11,449 185 1.6% 
Total 60,208 30,630 651 2.07% (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  240
Conestoga Energy  220
Seward County 200
National Carriers  200
DCP    150

Business Size

Employees 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)

2020 Employed Population 16+ by Industry

Industry

Percentage
Agriculture/Mining 8.2%
Construction 5.6%
Manufacturing 26.9%
Wholesale Trade 3.8%
Retail Trade 10.7%
Transportation/Utilities 7.1%
Information 0.7%
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 2.3%
Services 30.5%
Public Administration 4.1%

Source, Esri Community Profile for Liberal, KS