Labor Force Participation

Labor force participation refers to the portion of the labor market which is currently active. In other words, the percentage of the population that is either employed or looking for work.  The U.S. Census Bureau keeps record of the labor force participation rate throughout the U.S. the graph and table below were complied using their data.  

Size of Labor Force


Graph of Employment and Civilian Labor Force
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014

2014 Labor Participation Rate

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
Age Estimate Margin of Error
16 to 19 years 51.9% +/-8.0
20 to 24 years 77.4% +/-8.4
25 to 44 years 86.9% +/-2.8
45 to 54 years 84.8% +/-3.1
55 to 64 years 71.1% +/-4.8
65 to 74 years 35.7% +/-7.3
75 years and over 10.9% +/-4.6
Total (16 years and over) 69.9% +/-1.7

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Kansas, by County

Source: Kansas Statistical Abstract 2016.
Year Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment Rate
2014 12,047 11,574 473 3.9%
2015 12,445 12,008 437 3.5%
2016 12,317 11,885 432 3.5%