Our Economy

Pottawatomie County has a strong, diversified economy with rapid job and business growth. The county boasts a real GDP per capita of $45,665, compared to the state GDP per capita of $41,070. Our Education and Healthcare industries account for 31.8% of the county's total employment. While the United States Education and Healthcare industries grew by 17% from 2001 to 2009, those two industries grew by 50% during that same time frame here in Pottawatomie County. Manufacturing also has a strong presence in the county. The industry grew 81.6% from 2001 to 2009, where the U.S. manufacturing industry actually declined by 27.9% during that time frame.  The Education, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries combined make up over 50% of the county's total employment. The agricultural sector here is sizable and employs many people as well.

Top Five Industries by Dollar Value and Share of Economic Output, 2013

2012 - 2013 Economic Environment  
Nominal GDP $937.2M
Average County Wage $31,100
Economic Output Growth 6.6%
Jobs Growth Rate 1.8%
Unemployment Rate Change 0.4pps
Median Home Prices Growth Rate 8.3%
2014 Annual Labor Force 11,327
2014 Annual Unemployment Rate 4.2%
2001 - 2010 Job Growth 18.55%
2001 - 2009 Business Growth 20.71%
2013 Average Annual Wage $34,657
Largest Non-Farm Insudtry Education & Healthcase
Largest Employer GTM Sportswear
Employment Graphic

Unemployment Rate

Pottawatomie County currently boasts an unemployment rate of 3.5%.

Riley county has an unemployment rate of 3.3%.

Average Annual Salary (2014)

Industry Salary
(AFFH) Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting $33,881
Construction $51,890
Real Estate $22,495
Manufacturing $44,404
Professional Services $43,418
Wholesale Trade $41,719
Transportation, Trade, and Utilities $38,690
Finance and Insurance $43,253
Accommodation and Food Services $10,103
Retail Trade $17,403
Management $52,253

Number of Establishments

Total (2014) 633
(AFFH) Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting 19
Construction 96
Manufacturing 29
Wholesale Trade 36
Retail Trade 77
Finance and Insurance 29
Real Estate 18
Professional Services 62
Management 3
Educational Services 4
Health Care 38
Accommodation and Food Services 31
Wholesale Trade 36
Transportation, Trade, and Utilities 134
Health Care and Social Services 38