The economic vitality of every community is reflected in the employment situation. The number of people who work or are willing to work determines the size of the labor force.
Compared to surrounding counties, Bourbon County employment growth during the period of the 1990s, in particular the period between 1997 and 2003, is impressive. None of the surrounding counties grew as fast. During that period, Bourbon County experienced a 20 percent growth rate, while to the south, Crawford County grew at a rate of 11 percent, and to the north, Linn County, grew only 6 percent.
Trade Area: 140,769
Bourbon County: 14,171
Ft. Scott: 8,362
Trade Area: 41,527- 5.6% unemployment
Bourbon County: 7,293 - 5.3% unemployment
Assembly-Light: $7.22 - 8.22
Clerk, General: $6.50 - 7.50
Mechanic: $9.00 - 12.97
Welder: $9.00 - 9.64
Bourbon County Per Capita Income: $21,500
Fort Scott: 5 sq. miles
Bourbon County: 638 sq. miles