Employment Growth by County
County vs Statewide Average: 2018-2022 and 2022
Employment Growth by County
Kansas:
2018-2022 = 0.73%
2022 = 3.19%
Borrowing from an approach that sometimes appears in the finance sections of the popular press, LSGL analysis is a handy and versatile way to compare, portray and classify the patterns of employment growth across all of Kansas' 105 counties. In finance, this technique is used for comparing and assessing the market performance of individual securities or across industry sectors. For example, the performance of the 30 stocks contained within Dow are compared with one another over the past week in contrast to their performance over the past month using the Dow's respective averages as the points of reference.
Here in this Kansas Regional Economic Analysis Project report, we adopt this approach to gauge and compare the employment growth of Kansas' 105 counties over the latest available year (2022) against the backdrop of their growth over the long term period (2018-2022). In so doing we classify their growth and performance into 4 broad categories: Leading, Slipping, Gaining and Lagging.
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Employment Growth by County
County vs Statewide Average: 2018-2022 and 2022
Employment Growth by County
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Kansas:
2018-2022 = 0.73%
2022 = 3.19%
This figure displays the 105 counties of Kansas as dots on a scattergram, with the vertical axis representing the average annual employment growth rate over the long-term period (2018-2022), and the horizontal axis representing the employment growth rate for the near-term (2022).
This figure sets apart those counties whose long-term employment growth exceeded the statewide average of 0.73%, by portraying them in the top two quadrants demarcated at 0.73% on the vertical axis. County whose long-term average annual employment growth rate trailed the statewide average (0.73%) are distributed in the bottom two quadrants. In all, 17 counties surpassed the statewide average over 2018-2022, while 88 counties fell below.
Similarly, the two quadrants on the right of this figure present the positions of the 16 counties whose most recent (2022) employment growth rate exceeded the statewide average (3.19%). The two quadrants on the left feature those 89 counties whose employment growth over 2022 trailed the statewide average.
Accordingly, each quadrant portrays the performance of all 105 counties corresponding with their long-term (2018-2022) and near-term (2022) performance relative to their respective statewide averages of 0.73% over 2018-2022 and 3.19% over 2022:
Leading counties () (top-right quadrant)...are the eight counties whose average annual employment growth rate surpassed the statewide average both long-term (0.73%) and near-term (3.19%).
Slipping counties () (top-left quadrant)...are the nine counties whose long-term average annual employment growth rate exceeded the statewide average (0.73%), but whose near-term growth has "slipped" by falling below the Kansas average (3.19%).
Gaining counties () (bottom-right quadrant)...are the eight counties whose long-term average annual employment growth rate fell below the statewide average (0.73%), but whose near-term growth has "gained" by registering above the average (3.19%) statewide.
Lagging counties () (bottom-left quadrant)...are the eighty counties whose average annual employment growth rate fell under the statewide average both long-term (0.73%) and near-term (3.19%).
   
 
Summary of Kansas' 105 County Totals
 
Short Term Average
 
 
Below
(3.19%)
Above
(3.19%)
 
Long
Term
Average
Above
(0.73%)
9
8
17
Below
(0.73%)
80
8
88
 
89
16
105
 
   
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Leading Counties
2022 vs. 2018-2022 Averages
Leading Counties
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Kansas:
2018-2022 = 0.73%
2022 = 3.19%
Turning attention to the top-right quadrant from the discussion above, this figure features the distribution of the Kansas counties classified as Leading. These counties surpassed Kansas' average annual employment growth both long-term (2018-2022 = 0.73%) as well as near-term (2022 = 3.19%). Each is identified by its corresponding ranking based on its average annual employment growth rate over 2018-2022 as noted in the table below.
Of Kansas' 105 counties, just 8 (8%) are classified within the Leading () category. Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
NOTE: Click on any county name to highlight its position in the chart above.
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Slipping Counties
2022 vs. 2018-2022 Averages
Slipping Counties
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Kansas:
2018-2022 = 0.73%
2022 = 3.19%
This figure depicts the distribution of the 9 Kansas counties classified as Slipping (top-left quadrant), in that their long-term average annual employment growth rate outpaced the average statewide (2018-2022 = 0.73%), while they trailed the statewide average near-term (2022 = 3.19%). Again, each county is identified by it's corresponding ranking based on its average annual employment growth rate over 2018-2022.
Only 9 ( 9%) of Kansas' 105 counties are classified as Slipping (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
NOTE: Click on any county name to highlight its position in the chart above.
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Gaining Counties
2022 vs. 2018-2022 Averages
Gaining Counties
white dot
Kansas:
2018-2022 = 0.73%
2022 = 3.19%
This figure shows the distribution of the 8 Kansas counties classified as Gaining (bottom-right quadrant), in that their long-term average annual employment growth rate posted below the average statewide (2018-2022 = 0.73%), while they outpaced Kansas' average near-term (2022 = 3.19%). Again, each county is identified by its corresponding ranking based on its average annual employment growth rate over 2018-2022.
Of Kansas' 105 counties, only 8% (8) are featured as Gaining (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
NOTE: Click on any county name to highlight its position in the chart above.
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Lagging Counties
2022 vs. 2018-2022 Averages
Lagging Counties
white dot
Kansas:
2018-2022 = 0.73%
2022 = 3.19%
This figure depicts the distributions of the 80 Kansas counties classified as Lagging (bottom-left quadrant). These counties trailed the statewide average annual employment growth both long-term (2018-2022 = 0.73%) as well as near-term (2022 = 3.19%). Again, each county is identified by its corresponding ranking based on it's average annual employment growth rate over 2018-2022.
76% of Kansas' counties, 80 of 105, are characterized here as Lagging (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
NOTE: Click on any county name to highlight its position in the chart above.
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Kansas
Employment Growth
County vs. Statewide Average
 
2018-2022
 
2022
 
 
Leading Counties
 
11
1.09
 
7
4.13
14,917
 
16
0.82
 
9
3.99
7,166
 
3
1.56
 
5
4.26
499,375
 
10
1.26
 
12
3.50
22,708
 
7
1.49
 
1
6.61
6,116
 
1
1.68
 
14
3.39
15,269
 
9
1.33
 
6
4.22
353,752
 
6
1.49
 
16
3.23
3,292
Slipping Counties
 
2
1.61
 
105
-4.56
4,185
 
13
1.05
 
28
2.56
31,426
 
17
0.82
 
69
0.62
1,472
 
8
1.48
 
49
1.44
3,812
 
5
1.49
 
68
0.63
1,913
 
12
1.05
 
33
2.52
15,135
 
15
0.86
 
100
-2.75
1,837
 
14
0.89
 
72
0.48
2,518
 
4
1.54
 
71
0.48
1,659
Gaining Counties
 
27
0.50
 
8
4.09
75,214
 
36
0.29
 
2
5.14
2,026
 
58
-0.10
 
13
3.43
3,375
 
31
0.34
 
3
4.39
44,073
 
48
0.17
 
4
4.29
38,953
 
28
0.49
 
11
3.54
124,925
 
57
-0.09
 
15
3.24
1,657
 
43
0.23
 
10
3.96
111,222
Lagging Counties
 
50
0.12
 
81
-0.34
8,103
 
21
0.59
 
29
2.55
8,214
 
97
-1.31
 
39
2.12
3,415
 
84
-0.81
 
42
1.90
18,544
 
96
-1.30
 
77
-0.18
8,865
 
77
-0.59
 
67
0.66
6,741
 
56
-0.01
 
21
2.95
1,604
 
67
-0.24
 
44
1.67
1,768
 
85
-0.83
 
92
-1.46
8,296
 
55
0.02
 
82
-0.39
1,766
 
25
0.56
 
56
1.12
4,882
 
42
0.23
 
62
0.92
5,175
 
92
-1.08
 
87
-0.74
5,626
 
79
-0.70
 
80
-0.33
1,197
 
70
-0.41
 
58
1.08
19,386
 
24
0.57
 
19
3.01
24,200
 
98
-1.34
 
75
0.19
1,595
 
61
-0.17
 
66
0.71
9,784
 
90
-1.02
 
88
-1.00
1,676
 
71
-0.44
 
17
3.05
1,417
 
65
-0.21
 
38
2.22
25,561
 
46
0.19
 
51
1.32
3,683
 
35
0.29
 
18
3.02
25,057
 
37
0.29
 
35
2.48
22,604
 
49
0.15
 
76
-0.07
32,887
 
86
-0.86
 
101
-3.20
2,241
 
105
-2.59
 
96
-2.03
3,856
 
100
-1.42
 
73
0.45
4,671
 
89
-1.01
 
99
-2.39
1,185
 
82
-0.73
 
43
1.81
4,111
 
20
0.63
 
34
2.49
20,579
 
53
0.09
 
102
-3.58
2,858
 
18
0.72
 
90
-1.30
1,366
 
69
-0.39
 
85
-0.61
6,699
 
63
-0.19
 
89
-1.10
1,703
 
75
-0.49
 
98
-2.33
2,303
 
44
0.20
 
104
-4.38
4,827
 
94
-1.17
 
53
1.30
2,033
 
101
-1.45
 
55
1.27
12,912
 
81
-0.73
 
94
-1.70
1,215
 
26
0.51
 
37
2.22
34,736
 
64
-0.19
 
46
1.55
1,770
 
39
0.28
 
22
2.86
4,251
 
76
-0.52
 
40
2.04
2,250
 
23
0.58
 
31
2.54
21,676
 
40
0.27
 
52
1.30
6,549
 
66
-0.21
 
61
0.94
7,187
 
87
-0.90
 
91
-1.34
2,717
 
34
0.29
 
63
0.87
4,975
 
41
0.25
 
27
2.58
19,499
 
22
0.58
 
60
0.98
2,982
 
74
-0.48
 
95
-1.96
1,801
 
19
0.69
 
26
2.67
7,834
 
29
0.44
 
25
2.74
9,219
 
99
-1.38
 
23
2.81
2,490
 
95
-1.21
 
64
0.85
3,541
 
93
-1.08
 
74
0.32
2,511
 
72
-0.46
 
20
3.00
2,608
 
104
-1.87
 
93
-1.48
3,782
 
78
-0.64
 
24
2.76
3,829
 
60
-0.17
 
48
1.50
6,917
 
45
0.20
 
45
1.61
36,999
 
59
-0.14
 
30
2.54
3,351
 
54
0.05
 
47
1.53
6,031
 
91
-1.06
 
36
2.26
3,660
 
88
-0.98
 
57
1.09
2,138
 
103
-1.70
 
32
2.53
5,275
 
68
-0.32
 
97
-2.33
3,356
 
51
0.11
 
65
0.75
14,177
 
30
0.39
 
70
0.61
2,157
 
52
0.10
 
78
-0.23
3,887
 
47
0.18
 
83
-0.45
2,655
 
80
-0.72
 
41
1.90
10,411
 
32
0.32
 
50
1.41
6,172
 
83
-0.76
 
86
-0.66
2,275
 
62
-0.18
 
59
1.03
2,840
 
33
0.30
 
79
-0.25
1,211
 
38
0.28
 
84
-0.60
3,662
 
73
-0.48
 
103
-4.37
1,314
 
102
-1.69
 
54
1.29
4,961
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.73
 
3.19
1,982,258
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.62
 
4.78
212,442,000
November 2023
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