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Labor Basin Report

Grow Hays contracted with the Docking Institute at Fort Hays State University to conduct a Labor Basin Analysis of the Ellis County labor basin.  The analysis provides a wealth of information regarding labor availability, including:

The population of the Ellis County Labor Basin is estimated to be 84,147. The Civilian Labor Force (CLF) is estimated to be 50,720. The Institute estimates that 21,124 individuals are considered to be part of the Available Labor Pool.


•  Of the Available Labor Pool, an estimated 1,235 (5.9%) non-working and 2,162 (10.2%) working individuals are looking for new full-time employment, while 3,833 (18.1%) non-working and 13,894 (65.8%) working individuals would consider new and/or different full-time employment for the right opportunities.

•  Almost 74% of the Available Labor Pool has at least some college experience, and slightly more than 95% has at least a high school diploma. The average age for members of the Available Labor Pool is about 43 years old, and women make up 53% of the Available Labor Pool.

•  An estimated 5,074 (24%) members of the Available Labor Pool currently work in general labor occupations (such as cleaning, construction, delivery and maintenance), while an additional 1,079 (5.1%) work in government services occupations (such as police and fire) or technical/high skill blue collar occupations (such as welder and lab technician).


•  An estimated 7,078 (33.5%) members of the Available Labor Pool currently work in service sector occupations (such as clerical worker, retail sales clerk, certified nurse’s assistant and small business manager), while an additional 2,825 (13.4%) work in white-collar professional occupations (such as administrator, doctor, teacher and professional sales).


•  More than four-fifths (84.8%) of the Available Labor Pool indicates that they are “willing to work outside of their primary field of employment for a new or different employment opportunity.”


•  About 21% of the members of the Available Labor Pool will commute up to 45 minutes, one way, for an employment opportunity. Almost 65% will commute up to 30 minutes, one way, for employment.


•  The four most important benefits are, in descending order, good health benefits, good retirement benefits, on-the-job (OJT) or paid training and good salary/hourly pay.


•  An estimated 5,682 people (52% of the Available Labor Pool) are interested in a new job at $15 an hour, 3,512 (32%) are interested at $12 an hour and 1,270 (12%) are interested at $9 an hour.

•  Of the 16,056 members in the subset of employed members of the Available Labor Pool, 4,351 (27%) consider themselves underemployed

Click on the following link for the full report in pdf format: Ellis County Labor Basin 2012 draft.pdf