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Barton County Workforce Connection 

Your one stop shop for all things workforce. If you are an employer or job seeker and are needing to find out what resources are available to you, please shop our partners and their services below. Too overwhelming? That's okay! Reach out to us using our contact form and we'll put you in touch with the right person.

Meet our partners

Awarding Barton county certified
Apprenticeship Champions

On September 1, 2022 at 10 a.m., Great Bend Economic Development will celebrate local Apprenticeship Champion, KMW Loaders, at their Great Bend Plant, 198 US 281. This event honors KMW Loaders launching a new apprenticeship program partially funded by State and Federal programs. With the assistance of Hamilton-Ryker’s workforce development division, TalentGro, KMW Loaders was connected to government investment, both State and Federal, to equip local businesses with workers with skills needed to help the business thrive and grow. Three new apprentices begin their journey into a career in manufacturing with the launch of this new apprenticeship program at KMW Loaders. Great Bend Economic Development will host the media, community leaders, as well as other businesses interested in taking part in the program. During the presentation of the Apprenticeship Champion award to KMW Loaders from GBED, there will be a press conference, Q&A about apprenticeships, and a short tour of KMW Loaders. Following the event, businesses are invited to learn more about the apprenticeship program from GBED and Hamilton-Ryker/TalentGro at an informational session. For more on the informational session please call GBED at 620-796-2407, register online, or email:

Click here to read the full press release.

access to guidelines to make it easy for your company to participate in any, or all, of these programs!


post your available Internships, externships, Apprenticeships or job shadows


to see applications of those looking to participate in any, or all, of these programs.


Barton County historically keeps a fairly low unemployment rate. However, our workforce is supplemented with labor pools from surrounding areas. Great Bend Economic Development, along with our workforce partners, are always actively recruiting a skilled labor force to the area through our job recruitment sites Central Kansas Jobs and KANSASWORKS

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Understanding Unemployment: Where do the numbers come from?

Estimates for the unemployment rate are based on data for the civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and older. Individuals who are employed or unemployed are considered part of the labor force. If someone does not meet the definition for employment or unemployment, they are not in the labor force. This would include students who aren’t looking for work as well as retirees. The unemployment rate is calculated as the number of unemployed divided by the labor force, so individuals not in the labor force are also excluded from unemployment rate estimates. The following chart shows how these different categories add up to the total civilian noninstitutional population age 16 and over. It also provides the definition for each category:

Employers and Jobseekers

Visit Central Kansas Jobs, KANSASWORKS, Great Bend School District and Barton Community College to list your job opening or to view available jobs.

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