Leading, Slipping, Gaining, Lagging Analysis:
Assessing Local Government Employment Growth
Across Kansas Counties
Local Government
Employment Growth
County vs Statewide Average: 2010-2022 and 2022
Local Government
Employment Growth
Kansas:
2010-2022 = -0.33%
2022 = 0.50%
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 local government 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 local government employment growth of Kansas' 105 counties over the latest available year (2022) against the backdrop of their growth over the long term period (2010-2022). In so doing we classify their growth and performance into 4 broad categories: Leading, Slipping, Gaining and Lagging.
Local Government
Employment Growth
County vs Statewide Average: 2010-2022 and 2022
Local Government
Employment Growth
Kansas:
2010-2022 = -0.33%
2022 = 0.50%
This figure displays the 105 counties of Kansas as dots on a scattergram, with the vertical axis representing the average annual local government employment growth rate over the long-term period (2010-2022), and the horizontal axis representing the local government employment growth rate for the near-term (2022).
This figure sets apart those counties whose long-term local government employment growth exceeded the statewide average of -0.33%, by portraying them in the top two quadrants demarcated at -0.33% on the vertical axis. County whose long-term average annual local government employment growth rate trailed the statewide average (-0.33%) are distributed in the bottom two quadrants. In all, 40 counties surpassed the statewide average over 2010-2022, while 54 counties fell below.
Similarly, the two quadrants on the right of this figure present the positions of the 42 counties whose most recent (2022) local government employment growth rate exceeded the statewide average (0.50%). The two quadrants on the left feature those 52 counties whose local government employment growth over 2022 trailed the statewide average.
Accordingly, each quadrant portrays the performance of all 105 counties corresponding with their long-term (2010-2022) and near-term (2022) performance relative to their respective statewide averages of -0.33% over 2010-2022 and 0.50% over 2022:
Leading counties () (top-right quadrant)...are counties whose average annual local government employment growth rate surpassed the statewide average both long-term (-0.33%) and near-term (0.50%).
Slipping counties () (top-left quadrant)...are counties whose long-term average annual local government employment growth rate exceeded the statewide average (-0.33%), but whose near-term growth has "slipped" by falling below the Kansas average (0.50%).
Gaining counties () (bottom-right quadrant)...are counties whose long-term average annual local government employment growth rate fell below the statewide average (-0.33%), but whose near-term growth has "gained" by registering above the average (0.50%) statewide.
Lagging counties () (bottom-left quadrant)...are counties whose average annual local government employment growth rate fell under the statewide average both long-term (-0.33%) and near-term (0.50%).
   
 
Summary of Kansas' 105 County Totals
 
Short Term Average
 
 
Below
(0.50%)
Above
(0.50%)
 
Long
Term
Average
Above
(-0.33%)
20
20
40
Below
(-0.33%)
32
22
54
 
52
42
94
 
   
Leading Counties
2022 vs. 2010-2022 Averages
Leading Counties
white dot
Kansas:
2010-2022 = -0.33%
2022 = 0.50%
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 local government employment growth both long-term (2010-2022 = -0.33%) as well as near-term (2022 = 0.50%). Each is identified by its corresponding ranking based on it's average annual local government employment growth rate over 2010-2022.
Of Kansas' 105 counties, 20 (19%) are classified within the Leading () category. Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
Slipping Counties
2022 vs. 2010-2022 Averages
Slipping Counties
Kansas:
2010-2022 = -0.33%
2022 = 0.50%
This figure depicts the distribution of the 20 Kansas counties classified as Slipping (top-left quadrant), in that their long-term average annual local government employment growth rate outpaced the average statewide (2010-2022 = -0.33%), while they trailed the statewide average near-term (2022 = 0.50%). Again, each county is identified by it's corresponding ranking based on its average annual local government employment growth rate over 2010-2022.
Observe that 20 (19%) of Kansas' 105 counties are classified as Slipping (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
Gaining Counties
2022 vs. 2010-2022 Averages
Gaining Counties
white dot
Kansas:
2010-2022 = -0.33%
2022 = 0.50%
This figure shows the distribution of the 22 Kansas counties classified as Gaining (bottom-right quadrant), in that their long-term average annual local government employment growth rate posted below the average statewide (2010-2022 = -0.33%), while they outpaced Kansas' average near-term (2022 = 0.50%). Again, each county is identified by its corresponding ranking based on its average annual local government employment growth rate over 2010-2022.
Of Kansas' 105 counties, 21% (22) are featured as Gaining (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
Lagging Counties
2022 vs. 2010-2022 Averages
Lagging Counties
white dot
Kansas:
2010-2022 = -0.33%
2022 = 0.50%
This figure depicts the distributions of the 32 Kansas counties classified as Lagging (bottom-left quadrant). These counties trailed the statewide average annual local government employment growth both long-term (2010-2022 = -0.33%) as well as near-term (2022 = 0.50%). Again, each county is identified by its corresponding ranking based on it's average annual local government employment growth rate over 2010-2022.
30% of Kansas' counties, 32 of 105, are characterized here as Lagging (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
   
 
Kansas
Local Government Employment Growth
County vs. Statewide Average
 
2010-2022
 
2022
 
 
Leading Counties
 
9
0.62
 
5
3.80
519
 
19
0.15
 
45
0.50
2,214
 
15
0.24
 
31
1.09
1,115
 
28
-0.09
 
21
1.78
229
 
29
-0.12
 
22
1.74
3,041
 
34
-0.16
 
19
1.94
3,044
 
13
0.44
 
4
4.78
241
 
11
0.49
 
7
3.70
1,597
 
31
-0.12
 
11
2.93
2,317
 
12
0.49
 
18
1.97
465
 
40
-0.32
 
33
1.01
1,892
 
26
-0.07
 
39
0.73
27,978
 
6
0.77
 
24
1.57
389
 
5
0.79
 
3
5.37
726
 
4
0.95
 
6
3.80
1,668
 
10
0.50
 
23
1.69
1,324
 
16
0.21
 
8
3.67
21,889
 
3
1.73
 
44
0.53
377
 
36
-0.22
 
29
1.31
697
 
20
0.07
 
37
0.77
914
Slipping Counties
 
32
-0.14
 
62
-0.88
898
 
38
-0.27
 
49
-0.17
604
 
24
-0.05
 
77
-2.41
405
 
8
0.69
 
58
-0.60
165
 
18
0.19
 
50
-0.23
2,210
 
35
-0.17
 
64
-0.95
623
 
27
-0.08
 
53
-0.37
2,681
 
7
0.75
 
72
-1.81
489
 
25
-0.06
 
80
-2.56
305
 
30
-0.12
 
69
-1.20
412
 
39
-0.29
 
74
-1.93
1,014
 
22
0.00
 
82
-2.69
579
 
1
5.39
 
73
-1.84
588
 
23
-0.01
 
51
-0.27
2,228
 
37
-0.24
 
91
-4.19
618
 
21
0.06
 
66
-0.97
1,835
 
17
0.19
 
81
-2.63
444
 
2
2.62
 
83
-2.84
205
 
14
0.42
 
71
-1.29
229
 
33
-0.14
 
65
-0.97
9,223
Gaining Counties
 
43
-0.38
 
30
1.14
622
 
78
-1.18
 
10
3.35
216
 
55
-0.63
 
43
0.58
2,755
 
82
-1.30
 
25
1.46
1,461
 
67
-0.84
 
9
3.37
307
 
88
-1.98
 
28
1.33
686
 
54
-0.62
 
34
1.00
504
 
62
-0.78
 
15
2.28
1,839
 
45
-0.41
 
17
2.22
1,015
 
68
-0.85
 
36
0.78
515
 
42
-0.35
 
42
0.63
3,371
 
59
-0.75
 
40
0.66
912
 
53
-0.61
 
16
2.22
2,481
 
94
-4.47
 
14
2.32
353
 
72
-0.92
 
1
7.92
368
 
87
-1.73
 
41
0.63
478
 
49
-0.54
 
27
1.35
903
 
58
-0.67
 
13
2.58
278
 
74
-1.03
 
38
0.76
4,134
 
63
-0.79
 
32
1.03
10,080
 
86
-1.61
 
20
1.94
473
 
51
-0.58
 
26
1.41
649
Lagging Counties
 
75
-1.09
 
61
-0.87
1,368
 
61
-0.76
 
54
-0.38
797
 
91
-2.35
 
76
-2.20
1,292
 
56
-0.63
 
48
-0.08
4,840
 
84
-1.51
 
79
-2.48
1,062
 
52
-0.61
 
88
-3.45
224
 
79
-1.19
 
56
-0.51
387
 
85
-1.51
 
57
-0.57
694
 
77
-1.15
 
46
0.19
1,044
 
80
-1.20
 
98
-7.20
232
 
90
-2.35
 
99
-27.37
1,133
 
44
-0.39
 
92
-4.48
875
 
48
-0.52
 
78
-2.48
197
 
69
-0.87
 
70
-1.26
2,195
 
92
-3.00
 
84
-2.85
512
 
73
-0.97
 
85
-2.89
839
 
93
-3.78
 
63
-0.93
214
 
71
-0.92
 
60
-0.78
256
 
83
-1.40
 
97
-5.64
301
 
47
-0.49
 
96
-5.41
595
 
81
-1.24
 
86
-3.11
312
 
64
-0.79
 
55
-0.44
1,808
 
76
-1.11
 
95
-5.17
715
 
89
-2.24
 
90
-4.02
478
 
65
-0.79
 
89
-3.81
908
 
57
-0.64
 
47
0.09
1,080
 
66
-0.81
 
67
-0.99
803
 
41
-0.35
 
93
-4.56
565
 
46
-0.43
 
59
-0.74
3,212
 
50
-0.57
 
94
-5.11
316
 
70
-0.92
 
87
-3.44
701
 
60
-0.76
 
68
-1.19
416
Undefined/Suppressed Counties
 
U
U
 
S
S
6,804
 
U
U
 
2
5.84
308
 
U
U
 
S
S
225
 
U
U
 
35
0.94
1,724
 
U
U
 
12
2.89
747
 
U
U
 
S
S
466
 
U
U
 
75
-2.12
416
 
U
U
 
S
S
3,114
 
U
U
 
52
-0.30
336
 
U
U
 
S
S
293
 
U
U
 
S
S
250
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
-0.33
 
0.50
177,845
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
-0.11
 
1.96
14,130,000
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