WorkforceAnother crucial factor in McPherson’s industrial success is its workforce, which local business executives consistently cite as one of the city’s strongest assets.

McPherson industries import labor from all adjacent counties, drawing from a workforce of over 500,000 people.  Commuting to our community is easy and fast being located at the intersection of two highways (I-135 and US-56).

2015 Annual Wage Survey


Major Communities Importing Labor to McPherson Businesses
Community  Population Travel Time to McPherson (minutes)
Wichita 382,368 45
Hutchinson 42,080 20
Salina 47,707 30
Newton 19,132 30

Many of the city’s workers are McPherson natives and products of a public school system that ranks higher than state and national averages. All graduates of McPherson Public Schools are required to obtain a Silver Level on the WorkReady certificate in order to graduate, as part of an agreement that made our school system the first in the nation to opt out of No Child Left Behind.

The workforce also benefits from our two four-year colleges – McPherson College and Central Christian College.  These schools produce high-quality graduates whose skill sets dovetail perfectly with the needs of local manufacturers.

In addition, Hutchinson Community College (HCC) has a great breadth of training available for manufacturing and other industrial businesses. HCC offers classes both for college credit or as non-credit offerings, to address any of your workforce needs.

HCC is the lead institution in the state of Kansas for the Manufacturing Skills Certificate in which students cover Shop Math, Precision Measurement, Blueprint Reading, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, Workplace Safety and Employability Skills. To build on that they offer additional training in Mechanical, Electrical, Welding, Construction, Fluid Power, Supervisory Skills, Communication, Teamwork, Workplace Safety, Lean Manufacturing, etc.  Furthermore, if your business has other specialized needs, they work with businesses to develop specialized training.


County Labor Workforce
McPherson 17,046
Harvey 17,334
Marion 6,185
Reno 30,946
Rice 5,476
Saline 31,225


McPherson County & Adjacent County Labor
Description McPherson County Adjacent Counties, including McPherson County
Civilian Labor Force 17,046 108,212
Employment 16535 104,101
Unemployment 511 4,111
Unemployment Rate 3.0% 3.8%
McPherson County Commuting Patterns (Total Workforce)
County of Residence Working in McPherson County Percentage of Workforce
McPherson County 14,478 85%
Reno County 353 2.1%
Harvey County 375 2.2%
Saline County 283 1.6%
Marion County 222 1.3%
Rice County 99 .06%