Labor & Workforce

FPO

The Olathe business community benefits from a regional labor force in the Kansas City MSA (2.5 million) that is highly educated, extremely innovative and comparatively affordable to many major labor markets. 

 

Workforce Highlights

  • Access to over 1.25 million workers 4.3in an 20-county laborshed
  • 44% of the population over 25 has a Bachelor’s Degree or higher (Olathe, KS)
  • Kansas City MSA unemployment rate of 6.0% (9/14)
  • One of the fastest growing major job markets in the Midwest (KC MSA)
  • Lower business and lifestyle costs than most major metros
 

Continuing Education

 

Olathe is home to 

  • MidAmerican Nazarene University 
  • Kansas State University – Olathe 
  • Johnson County Community College’s Health Education Center
 

Other area institutions of higher learning: 

  • Avila University
  • Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies
  • Bellevue University
  • Brown Mackie College
  • Emporia State University Metro Learning Center
  • Johnson County Community College (JCCC)
  • Ottawa University Kansas City
  • Rasmusssen College 
  • University of Kansas Edwards Campus
  • University of Missouri/Kansas City
  • University of Saint Mary in Overland Park
 

Major Employers

2,000 OR MORE EMPLOYEES
Farmers Insurance
Garmin International
Johnson County Government
Olathe Health
Olathe Public Schools

1,000 TO 1,999 EMPLOYEES
TransAm Trucking

500 TO 999 EMPLOYEES
AIG
Bedrock Concrete
Canyon Stone
City of Olathe
Convergys
DH Pace/Overhead Door
FAA/Air Route Traffic Control Center
FedEx Distribution Facilities (2)
HomeAdvisor/Angie’s List
Honeywell
Husqvarna Construction
Hy-Vee Food Stores (two stores)
ProPack Solutions
Sysco Food Services of Kansas City, Inc.
TVH Parts Co.
WalMart (two Super Centers)

200 TO 499 EMPLOYEES
Bass Pro Shops
Carmax
Cargill
First Student
Gerson International
Home Depot (two stores)
Hyland Software
John Deere Agricultural Marketing Center
KVC Behavioral Healthcare
McCarthy Automotive Group
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe Ford Lincoln
Olathe Good Samaritan Center
Orizon Aerostructures
Pepsi Beverages Company
S+S Activewear
Springstone Rehabilitation
SPX Cooling Technologies
Target Super Store (two stores)
Terracon
Tyson Foods
Villa St. Francis

100 TO 199 EMPLOYEES
ALDI (two stores)
AMP, A PSI Business
Azria Health
Bedrock Concrete
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Canyon Stone
Cintas Corporation
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Dillard’s Distribution Center
Elecsys Corp.
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
EN Engineering
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Evergreen Living Innovations
Grundfos Pumps
Healthcare Resort of Olathe
Hen House Supermarket
Insulite Glass
ITW Pro Brands
Kansas State School for the Deaf
Kenny Thomas Olathe Toyota
KidsTLC
Kohl’s Department Store
Lakemary Center
Lowe’s
Main Event Entertainment
Menards
Olathe Family YMCA
Olive Garden
Phenix Label Co.
Price Chopper
ProPak Solutions
Santa Marta
Schlage Lock Co.
Shadow Glen Golf Club
Signature Landscape
Tesco-Tandem Environmental
The Athletic Club
Torotel
U. S. Postal Service
Webco Manufacturing Inc.
Whole Foods Markets