Labor Market Information

In-Demand Careers & Wages

The Kansas Department of Labor has identified the following occupations as in-demand for Southeast Kansas, which includes the following cities: Pittsburg, Independence, Iola, Parsons, Chanute, Paola, Garnet, Burlington, Fort Scott, and Emporia.


Kansas Career Clusters

Kansas Career Clusters group occupations that require similar knowledge and skills. The Kansas State Department of Education adopted national career clusters to create the Kansas Career Clusters model. Career Clusters can assist students with career planning and help incumbent and dislocated workers find careers that use similar knowledge and skills as their current or previous jobs.

Local Unemployment Rates & Median Household Income


Additional Data  

Research labor market, economic and demographic data and compare information over time and between regions at the Kansas Labor Information Center including the Kansas Department of Labor Monthly Labor Report.

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News & helpful tips from Southeast KANSASWORKS

Debbie Cherry Awarded Volunteer of the Year Award

Debbie Cherry, Workforce Specialist for the Pittsburg Workforce Center, was given the Volunteer of the Year award last night at the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Congratulations, Debbie!

Lana Davis Recognized for 30 Years of Service to the State of Kansas

Lana Davis, TAA Case Manager for the Emporia Workforce Center, was recognized for her 30 years of service to the State of Kansas. Congratulations, Lana!

First Spanish Translator Apprentice in the State of Kansas

Flint Hills Community Health center has partnered with Southeast KANSASWORKS to utilize the Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Program to sign the first Spanish Translator apprentice in the entire State of Kansas. Through this program, Flint Hills Community Health...


Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc. is one of five Workforce Development Areas in Kansas designated by the Governor under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

We serve the residents of 17 Kansas counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Coffey, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Montgomery, Wilson, and Woodson.

American Job Centers are located in

Emporia, Chanute, Independence, Paola and Pittsburg.


Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program-Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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