Primary Industry Clusters

Miami County's major employers represent a broad spectrum of industries with almost 9,000 persons employed. 

Government
County, city, school district and state government offices operate within the region. The Kansas Department of Children and Family Services operates a service center in Osawatomie while KansasWorks provides employment assistance via a Paola location. 

Health Care & Social Assistance
Miami County's healthcare workers meet the traditional medical needs of employers such as Miami County Medical Center, assisted living facilities and family practitioners. But, the county is also know for helping particularly vulnerable populations such as those served by the Osawatomie State Hospital, Tri-Ko, Lakemary Center, and Elizabeth Layton Center. Several local training programs are offered within the county.

Retail Trade
In addition to a Walmart Supercenter and several other national stores, Miami County's retail sector includes a strong sector of locally-owned specialty retailers. Many of these businesses are tourism-related and rely on their customer service to compete with the metro market.   

Construction
Construction remains a viable industry providing local workers for both the commercial and residential building sectors. Local training programs have expanded in the region to offer more skilled workers particularly in the area of HVAC and welding.

Manufacturing

Precision welding and metalwork are hallmarks of Miami County's industrial sector. Both Taylor Forge Engineering Systems and Doherty Steel employ a large number of workers making them two of the larger manufacturers in the metro area.

Farming
The state's ag-based economy remains strong in the region and is supplemented by a growing sector of orchards, vineyards and farms focused on providing locally-grown foods.
Employment by Industry 2012