Key Employment Clusters

Table 2 provides an accounting of the Pottawatomie county’s ventures including the number of ventures by sector and associated full-time equivalent employment.

Retail Trade nationally has undergone major changes as once-dominant locally owned retailers are now competing with externally owned big box stores and online sellers. A strong and diverse retail sector is important for capturing local spending and generating additional economic growth. Additionally, services for business, households, non-profits and governmental agencies are increasingly important.

Sector Ventures Employees Ratio
Agriculture 33 117 0.9%
Mining & Utilities 10 71 0.5%
Construction 111 764 5.9%
Manufacturing 39 957 7.4%
Wholesale Trade 48 856 6.6%
Retail Trade 179 3,206 24.7%
Transportation & Warehousing 28 214 1.6%
Information 27 224 1.7%
Finance & Insurance 69 501 3.9%
Real Estate 44 166 1.3%
Professional Services 77 775 6.0%
Management & Administrative 29 260 2.0%
Education 36 919 7.1%
Health Care 73 1,285 9.9%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 29 187 1.4%
Accommodations 15 151 1.2%
Food Service 52 854 6.6%
Hospitality Sector 96 1,192 9.2%
Other Services 160 823 6.3%
Public Administration 80 645 5.0%
Unclassified Establishments 30 14 0.1%
Total 1,169 12,989 100%

Source: Development Opportunity Profile (The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Dec 2018) 

Pottawatomie County imports a large amount of Manufacturing labor (767 workers) and exports a large amount of Education & Healthcare labor (1,061 workers). Other industries in which Pottawatomie County imports labor include: Construction; Wholesale Trade; Natural Resources & Mining; and Utilities. Other industries in which Pottawatomie County exports labor include Administration, Support & Other Services, Arts, Accommodation & Food Services, Public Administration, Management & Professional Services, F.I.R.E., and Information.

The largest industries in the Manhattan MSA (Pottawatomie County, Riley County, and Geary County) by percentage of total employment are Education & Health Care (31.1%) followed by Retail Trade (11.9%), Leisure & Hospitality (11.4%), and Business & Professional Services (11.0%). • Pottawatomie County dominates the region’s Manufacturing sector, with a percentage of total employment four times as high as the MSA (21.0% compared to 5.3%). • Pottawatomie County also has a higher percentage of its total employment in the Construction and Wholesale Trade sectors compared to the MSA. • The Manhattan MSA has a substantially high percentage of its total employment in the Leisure & Hospitality, Retail Trade, and Business & Professional Services sectors.

2009 Industry Employment in Manhattan MSA

(Percentage of total non-agricultural jobs by sector)

Industry Pottawatomie County Riley County Geary County Manhattan KS MSA Kansas U.S.
Business & Professional Services** 5.5% 9.9% 17.8% 11.0% 10.9% 13.0%
Construction 7.7% 5.1% 5.3% 5.6% 4.5% 4.8%
Education & Health Care 31.8% 38.0% 13.9% 31.1% 24.2% 23.3%
F.I.R.E* 3.3% 4.6% 3.5% 4.1% 5.4% 6.0%
Government 4.4% 5.9% 21.3% 9.4% 6.5% 5.8%
Information 2.4% 2.5% 1.8% 2.3% 2.8% 2.3%
Leisure & Hospitality 5.0% 12.9% 12.6% 11.4% 9.0% 10.5%
Manufacturing 21.0% 1.7% 2.4% 5.3% 12.7% 9.2%
Natural Resources & Mining 1.1% 0.4% 0.3% 0.5% 1.4% 1.4%
Other Services 1.7 % 3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 2.8% 3.5%
Retail Trade 9.5% 12.1% 13.3% 11.9% 10.8% 11.4%
Transportation & Warehousing 1.3% 0.6% 2.9% 1.3% 3.7% 3.9%
Wholesale Trade 5.3% 2.3% 1.2% 2.5% 4.6% 4.3%

*Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate

**No data available on Utilities employment from Bureau of Labor Statistics at the county level

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015

NAICS Industry Sector 2011 County Share
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 154 1.7%
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 4 0.0%
Utilities 348 3.9%
Construction 861 9.7%
Manufacturing 2,225 25.1%
Wholesale Trade 435 4.9%
Retail Trade 1.051 11.9%
Transportation and Warehousing 118 1.3%
Information 211 2.4%
Finance and Insurance 259 2.9%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 45 0.5%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 172 1.9%
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6 0.1%
Administration & Support, Waste Management and Remediation 184 2.1%
Educational Services 653 7.4%
Health Care and Social Assistance 1.050 11.8%
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 46 0.5%
Accommodation and Food Service 530 6.0%
Other Services (Excluding Public Administration) 181 2.0%
Public Administration 330 3.7%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015