Workforce Solutions

Employers need a vibrant labor supply. Manhattan has a population of citizens that represent a younger profile with high levels of education and professional skills. Nearly 25,000 students attend Kansas State University. Fort Riley, a primary U.S. Army installation, is home to 15,000 troops and 3,000 civilian workers.

Transitioning workforce


Each year 5,000 K-State grads, nearly 3,000 transitioning Fort Riley military personnel, and hundreds of local technical and community college grads give our employers an enormous amount of attractive workforce options. A recent study showed that 64 percent of K-State grads would stay in the area if they could find a job in their field with competitive pay. Manhattan is also part of the 90-mile Kansas Research Nexus corridor, which includes Topeka and Lawrence, an area which produces 10,000 college graduates annually and creates strong regional talent pool from which your business can draw.

Riley County Workforce Characteristics
Civilian Labor Force 31,895
Total Employed  31,119 
Available Labor Pool (*Manhattan MSA) 51,016
Total Unemployed  779
Unemployment Rate 2.4%
Office/Adminstrative 5,960
Food/Hospitality 4,730
Education/Training/Library 3,750
Sales/Service Related 3,730
Building Maintenance/Transportation
2,920
Production  2,150
Healthcare/Technical 1,900
Construction Trades 1,850
Installation/Maintenence/Repair 1,740
Management 1,720
Business/Finance Operations 1,390

Kansas Labor Market Information, March 2017. Employment Categories: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 data

* Manhattan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Riley and Pottawatomie counties