Labor Market Information Services

The Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) Division is responsible for collecting, analyzing, reporting, and publishing data on economic activities for the state of Kansas. Labor market information can help data users make informed decisions for a variety of purposes, including career planning and preparation, public or private workforce investments, employer recruiting plans and business investment decision making.

Job Seekers and Students

Labor market information is used to make informed career and employment decisions. The Labor Market Information Services Division can help you prepare for the job market and make strong career choices that will ensure your future success.

Questions that labor market data can answer:

  • What industries and occupations are growing in my area? 
  • How much do different occupations pay?
  • What are the job openings in my area?
  • What are the hot jobs? 
  • What education, training, and credentials do I need for specific careers?

School Counselors and Educators

Labor market information can be used to help guide students and job seekers down the path to making informed career and educational decisions. 

Questions that labor market data can answer:

  • What is the outlook for job opportunities in my area?
  • What job opportunities are growing and declining in my area?
  • What careers offer the best prospects for youth?
  • What careers offer the best prospects for adults who are retraining?


Labor market information is most often used to help make informed business decisions that are responsive to labor market demands and economic conditions, ultimately leading to better business success.

Questions that labor market data can answer:

  • What is the outlook for employment growth in my state and industry? 
  • What is the average pay for positions like those I employ? 
  • How many job seekers are available in my area?

Local Workforce and Economic Planners

Labor market information can be used by public entities to make policy decisions and allocate financial resources. Labor market data assesses the health of the economy and can forecast future economic trends. 

Questions that labor market data can answer:

  • Which industries and occupations need trained workers? 
  • Who makes up the unemployed/underemployed? 
  • How do rural and urban economies and workforces differ? 
  • Are people served by the nation’s workforce system finding and maintaining employment?

KANSASWorks is a web-based job-matching and labor market information system. KANSASWorks provides job seekers, employers, and training providers with easy-to-use tools that support a wide range of activities. As a service of the public workforce system, KANSASWorks is completely free to use. Just create a self-service account to manage your job or resume search. Assistance is also available at workforce centers across Kansas.

U.S. Census Bureau
The mission of the U.S. Census Bureau is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. The goal of the agency is to provide the best mix of timeliness, relevancy, quality and cost for the data they collect and services they provide. Individuals can learn how best to access and use census bureau data through a series of videos and in-depth courses, webinars, and tutorials.

O*Net Online offers detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, developers, researchers and more. Find, search, or browse across 900+ occupations based on your individual goals and needs. Then use comprehensive reports to learn about requirements, characteristics, and available opportunities for your selected occupation.

Bureau of Labor Statistics 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). It is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other federal agencies, state and local governments, business, and labor representatives. The BLS also conducts research measuring the income levels families need to maintain a satisfactory quality of life.

CareerOneStop is an integrated suite of national websites helping job seekers, students, employers and career professionals find employment and career resources. It offers resources for occupations, career exploration, job search, salary information, training and education certifications and skills transferability. CareerOneStop is sponsored by the USDOL Employment and Training Administration and is a partner of the American Job Center Network.

Kansas Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Services


401 SW Topeka Blvd. Topeka, KS 66603

(785) 581-7477