MIDC | Workforce
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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).

2016 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 -December 2016
McPherson 16,298
Harvey 17,390
Marion 6,097
Reno 30,073
Rice 5,257
Saline 29,854


McPherson County & Adjacent County Labor-December  2016
Description McPherson County Adjacent Counties, including McPherson County
Civilian Labor Force 16,298 104,969
Employment 15,798 100,880
Unemployment 500 4,089
Unemployment Rate 3.1% 3.9%
McPherson County Commuting Patterns (Total Workforce) As of  2016 Q3
County of Residence Working in McPherson County Percentage of Workforce
McPherson County 13,370 82%
Harvey County 492 2.9%
Reno County 429 2.6%
Rice County 267 1.6%
Sedgwick County 255 1.5%
Marion County 254 1.5%
Saline County 240 1.4%