Key Employment Clusters

Industry Employment Insights

The following table 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.

Regional Industry Insights

The following graph demonstrates the counts of jobs per industry in Pottawatomie county, Riley county, and the Manhattan metro area. Note that the x (bottom) axis and color coding for each chart is based on the industry job count ranges for each area and is not the same for each area chart.

Employment by Industry Chart
(Greater Manhattan Economic Partnership, 2020)

Pottawatomie County Growth Trends by Industry

Pottawatomie County, KS vs. U.S., Salary Growth by Industry, 2009-2019
Pottawatomie County, KS, New Jobs, 2009-2019
(Greater Manhattan Economic Partnership, 2019)