Over 50% of Topeka's economy is based on government and services. About 25% of the workforce is employed by state, city and county governments. The state of Kansas is the city's largest employer. More than 30% of the labor force is working in services industries. Other significant industries that provide employment include printing and publishing, flour mills, food processing and iron foundries.
Fortune 500 companies which have manufacturing or distribution facilities in the city include Frito-Lay Inc, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Payless Shoe Source, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Hallmark Cards and Hill's Pet Nutrition.
The Kansas Industrial Training program, provides pre-employment training and on-the-job training for new and expanding companies. The Kansas Industrial Retraining Program works with companies that are restructuring where existing employees might be displaced due to obsolete job skills.
Some of the occupations more prevalent in Topeka than most other cities include first-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers; merchandise displayers and window trimmers; legislators, correctional officers and jailers; healthcare practitioners and technical workers; civil engineering technicians; environmental scientists and specialists, including health; and personal and home care aides.
The following is a list of Topeka's largest employers:
- The state of Kansas
- Stormont-Vail Health Care
- Unified School District #501
- Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Kansas
- St. Francis Hospital & Medical center
- Payless Shoe Store
- Goodyear Tire and Rubber
- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
- Washburn University
- U.S. Government
- Shawnee County
- Jostens Printing and Publishing
- Colmery-O'Neil VA Hospital
- Hill's Pet Nutrition
- Frito-Lay, Inc
- Hallmark Cards, Inc
- Reser's Fine Foods
- Westar Energy
- Midwest Health
Topeka's top non-agricultural employment sectors are shown below:
- Trade, transportation and utilities
- Education and health services
- Leisure and hospitality
- Professional and business services
- Financial activities
- Arts, entertainment and recreation
Noteworthy data regarding Topeka Kansas: In 2007 the estimated median household income was $42,000. About 25% of the adult population has earned a bachelor's degree or better. The cost of living index in Topeka in 2008 was 76.7 which is low when compared to the national average of 100.
Some of the helpful business organizations for local companies are:
- Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce
- City of Topeka - Economic Development
- Kansas Economic Development Alliance
Topeka's newspaper the Topeka Capital-Journal is a good resource for local business and industry news.