Labor & Workforce


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

Major employers (Based on CERI 2013 data)

2,000 or more employees
Farmers Insurance
Garmin International
Johnson County Government
Olathe Medical Center
Olathe Public Schools
1,000 to 1,999 employees
500 to 999 employees
City of Olathe
FAA/Air Route Traffic Control 
The Great Mall of the Great Plains
Hy-Vee Food Stores (two stores)
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Sysco Food Services of Kansas 
City, Inc.
TransAm Trucking Inc.
Wal-Mart (two Super Centers)
200 to 499 employees
Bass Pro Shops
First Student
Home Depot (two stores)
John Deere AG Martketing Center
McCarthy Automotive Group
Olathe Family YMCA
Olathe Ford Lincoln
Olathe Good Samaritan Center
Pepsi Beverages Company
SPX Cooling Technologies
Target Super Store (two stores)
TVH Parts Co.
Tyson Foods
Villa St. Francis