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The Kansas Workforce

Skilled and ready for your business!

Kansans are ready to work! And our investments in education and workforce development help make sure they’re skilled and ready to get to work in your business. Kansas comes in well above the national average for both percentage of high school graduates and population with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Kansas workers are a driving factor in the expansion of our state’s economy. With outstanding schools and good partnerships between industry and education, Kansas businesses have access to a workforce that is prepared to meet the needs of companies in a highly competitive global economy.


nationally in labor participation (Source: US News best states ranking 2019)


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Get to know the Kansas workforce

Access labor market facts and analysis; employment and wage data; and regional, industry and education profiles in Kansas.

  1. Kansas ranks 8th in the nation in graduation rates for 2-year post-secondary intuitions. (Source: US News best states ranking 2019) 
  1. Forbes 2020 list for “Best Employers for Diversity,” listed 3 Kansas companies, including Black & Veatch, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., and The University of Kansas Health System 
  1. Kansas Civilian Labor Force – 1,480,512 
  1. Nonfarm Jobs – 1,344,100 
  1. Private Sector Jobs – 1,097,400 
  1. Kansas Unemployment Rate – Current rates can be found here 

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity State Plan

The Workforce Development unit focuses efforts and resources to prepare workers for careers in Kansas’ highest-priority fields, such as health care, advanced manufacturing/aviation, energy, and health sciences. Education and training in these critical industries will help ensure a strong Kansas economy long into the future. Successful workforce development programs improve our learners’ employability and earnings potential and continued profitability for employers. More information on this indicative can be found here  

Training and Workforce Services

In Kansas, we know that access to a qualified, trained and educated workforce is central to a company’s success. The Department of Commerce administers a number of programs and services to help you find the right talent to help grow your organization and your bottom line.

Language spoken in Kansas: 

  1.  Nearly 12% of Kansans over the age of five speak a language other than English which is in line with other U.S. States. Kansas is above average in comparison to other states in the region.  
  1.  In Garden City’s high school – 25 different languages are spoken by more than 1,960 students (6A school) who came to GC from 28 countries.  
  1.  In Kansas City, KS public schools (5th largest in the state) over 63 different languages are spoken in the home.  
  1.  The Wichita public school district is home to students from 97 countries and there are 105 different languages and dialects spoken. 

Kansas Aviation Tax Credits – Employee Incentives

Beginning July 1, 2022 the state of Kansas now offers qualifying new hires in the aviation sector up to $5,000 per year as a state income tax credit.

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