Workforce Partners

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Workforce Highlights

In March 2015, the EDC requested a Labor Force Analysis from the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. The study looked at the size, participation, and education of our local workforce.

A few of the highlights include:

-Between a 15 to 30 minute drive from downtown Lawrence, the labor force grows 125 percent, from about 80,000 workers to over 180,000.
-If you drive between 30 and 45 minutes from downtown Lawrence, the labor force grows an additional 365 percent, totaling about 840,000 workers. Both Topeka and Kansas City metropolitan areas are included in this radius.

-Douglas County has a labor force participation rate of 71 percent, above national average rates of 64 percent.
-The unemployed segment of the population is generally young, under 35 years old.

-When it comes to the population over the age of 25, 94 percent have high school diplomas or equivalent.
-Over 50 percent of the population has at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

To see the entire Labor Force Analysis, click here.

Employment by Occupation

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Current Unemployment Rate for Lawrence MSA:  3.8 percent (January 2016)

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Income and Wage Rates

Source: US Bureau of Economic Analysis

 SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis