Crowley County vs. Colorado
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Total Employment Growth and Change, 1969-2017
Introduction
Crowley County:
2017 Jobs = 1,695
2017 Percent of State = 0.0%
Colorado:
2017 Jobs = 3,743,025
2017 Percent of State = 1.9%
Employment numbers remain the most popular and frequently cited statistics used for tracking local area economic conditions and trends. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) employment estimates reported measure the number of full- and part-time wage and salary employees, plus the number of proprietors of unincorporated businesses. People holding more than one job are counted in the employment estimates for each job they hold. This means BEA employment estimates represent a job count, not a people count. Also, BEA employment is by place-of-work, rather than by place-of-residence. Jobs held by neighboring county residents who commute to Crowley County to work are included in the employment count for Crowley County.
Data Definition:
The BEA employment series for states and local areas comprises estimates of the number of jobs, full-time plus part-time, by place of work. Full-time and part-time jobs are counted at equal weight. Employees, sole proprietors, and active partners are included, but unpaid family workers and volunteers are not included. Proprietors employment consists of the number of sole proprietorships and the number of partners in partnerships. The description "by place of work" applies to the wage and salary portion of the series and, with relatively little error, to the entire series. The proprietors employment portion of the series, however, is more nearly by place of residence because, for nonfarm sole proprietorships, the estimates are based on IRS tax data that reflect the address from which the proprietor's individual tax return is filed, which is usually the proprietor's residence. The nonfarm partnership portion of the proprietors employment series reflects the tax-filing address of the partnership, which may be either the residence of one of the partners or the business address of the partnership. The employment estimates are designed to be consistent with the estimates of wage and salary disbursements and proprietors' income that are part of the personal income series. The employment estimates are based on the same sets of source data as the corresponding earnings estimates and are prepared with parallel methodologies. Two forms of proprietors' income-the income of limited partnerships and the income of tax-exempt cooperatives-have no corresponding employment estimates.
Total Employment, 1969-2017
Total Employment, 1969-2017
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Crowley County's annual total employment for the period 1969-2017 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 49-year period, Crowley County's total employment rose from 1,027 in 1969 to 1,695 in 2017, for a net gain of 668, or 65.0%.
Total Employment, 1969-2017
Total Employment, 1969-2017
Figure 2.
Figure 2 traces Colorado's annual total employment for the period 1969-2017 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 49-year period, Colorado's total employment rose from 1,001,380 in 1969 to 3,743,025 in 2017, for a net gain of 2,741,645, or 273.8%.
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2017
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Crowley County's total employment growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Colorado, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's total employment in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the total employments in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in total employment growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Crowley County's overall total employment growth was 65.0% over 1969-2017 trailed Colorado's increase of 273.8%, and fell below the United States' increase of 115.4%.
Total Employment as a Percent of the Colorado Total: 1969-2017
Total Employment as a Percent of the Colorado Total: 1969-2017
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of comparing the total employment growth of Crowley County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to Colorado's statewide total employment over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's total employment grew faster, or declined less, than Colorado's total employment, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Crowley County's total employment totaled 0.10% of Colorado's total employment, while in 2017 it comprised 0.05% thereby yielding a -0.06% share-shift.
   
 
Total Employment Share-Shift
2017 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2017
vs.
1969
-0.06%
=
0.05%
-
0.10%
 
   
Crowley County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Crowley County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2017
Figure 5.
Figure 5 highlights the short-run pattern of Crowley County's total employment growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2017. The average annual percent change for the entire 48-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Crowley County's total employment grew at an annual rate of 1.18% over 1970-2017. The county recorded its highest growth in 1988 (23.38%) and posted its lowest growth in 1975 (-6.55%). In 2017, Crowley County's total employment grew by 1.38%
Crowley County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Crowley County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2017
Figure 6.
Over the past four decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again shows the annual percent change in Crowley County's total employment since 1970, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2017.
During the 1970s, Crowley County's annual total employment growth rate averaged -0.93%. It averaged 3.88% during the 1980s, 2.97% throughout the 1990s, 0.31% in the 2000s, and -0.68% thus far this decade (2010 to 2017).
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Crowley County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Colorado and the nation. As the chart reveals, Crowley County's average annual total employment growth trailed Colorado's average throughout the 1970s (-0.93% vs. 4.77%), exceeded Colorado's average throughout the 1980s (3.88% vs. 2.33%), lagged Colorado's average throughout the 1990s (2.97% vs. 3.44%), recorded under Colorado's average in the 2000s (0.31% vs. 1.22%), and amounted to less than Colorado's average over the 8 year period of the last decade, 2010-2017 (-0.68% vs. 2.13%).
Finally, relative to nationwide total employment growth trends, Crowley County fell below the nation in the 1970s (-0.93% vs. 2.21%), topped the nation over the 1980s (3.88% vs. 1.88%), surpassed the nation during the 1990s (2.97% vs. 1.73%), lagged the nation during the 2000s (0.31% vs. 0.74%), and lagged the nation over 2010-2017 (-0.68% vs. 1.54%).
   
 
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
1.18
-0.93
3.88
2.97
0.31
-0.68
1.38
 
2.81
4.77
2.33
3.44
1.22
2.13
2.14
 
1.62
2.21
1.88
1.73
0.74
1.54
1.43
 
   
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2017
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2017
Figure 8.
The job ratios shown in Figure 8 for Crowley County, Colorado and the nation not only portray a number of important trends, they also serves as a thumbnail guide to evaluating an economy's capacity to generate enough jobs fast enough to absorb the increasing number of workers attendant to a growing population. The job ratio is the number of full-time and part-time jobs by place of work, divided by population.
Nationally, the job ratio rose from 0.45 to 0.60 between 1969 and 2017. Crowley County's job ratio registered 0.32 in 1969, and 0.29 in 2017. Underlying the rising job ratio over the past several decades have been the increases in the labor force participation rates, with the number and proportion of women in the labor market playing a leading role.
An assortment of other factors can contribute to regional differences in the job ratio. They include differences in the proportion of elderly and retirees who no longer work and participate in the labor force, differences in the number and proportion of part-time vs. full-time workers, differences in industry composition, and differences in age and sex distribution and degree of urbanization. Also, a disproportionate number of workers commuting to work outside a county tends to lower its local county job ratio, while a net inflow of workers commuting to work inside the county tends to augment its local county job ratio.
Avoid interpreting the job ratio as the fraction (or percent) of the local population employed. This interpretation should only apply to the "employment-population ratio" statistic compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from the Current Population Survey (CPS).
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2017
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2017
Figure 9.
To highlight trends in a local job ratio relative to nationwide trends, Figure 9 tracks Crowley County's, Colorado's job ratio as a percent of the national job ratio over 1969-2017.

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Crowley County:
Total Employment, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
1,027
100.0
N
0.10
0.32
71.76
1970
 
1,036
100.9
0.88
0.10
0.34
74.86
1971
 
1,005
97.9
-2.99
0.09
0.32
73.02
1972
 
1,073
104.5
6.77
0.09
0.33
73.67
1973
 
1,106
107.7
3.08
0.09
0.34
72.71
1974
 
1,114
108.5
0.72
0.09
0.33
71.16
1975
 
1,041
101.4
-6.55
0.08
0.31
67.98
1976
 
1,046
101.9
0.48
0.08
0.33
69.98
1977
 
1,040
101.3
-0.57
0.07
0.33
68.92
1978
 
979
95.3
-5.87
0.07
0.33
67.70
1979
 
928
90.4
-5.21
0.06
0.33
65.38
1980
 
1,026
99.9
10.56
0.06
0.34
68.41
1981
 
1,034
100.7
0.78
0.06
0.35
69.01
1982
 
1,057
102.9
2.22
0.06
0.35
71.35
1983
 
1,059
103.1
0.19
0.06
0.34
69.02
1984
 
1,025
99.8
-3.21
0.05
0.33
65.37
1985
 
982
95.6
-4.20
0.05
0.32
61.76
1986
 
970
94.4
-1.22
0.05
0.32
60.38
1987
 
1,082
105.4
11.55
0.06
0.36
67.14
1988
 
1,335
130.0
23.38
0.07
0.33
61.11
1989
 
1,318
128.3
-1.27
0.07
0.33
58.93
1990
 
1,353
131.7
2.66
0.07
0.34
61.87
1991
 
1,267
123.4
-6.36
0.06
0.31
57.20
1992
 
1,281
124.7
1.10
0.06
0.31
57.27
1993
 
1,341
130.6
4.68
0.06
0.31
57.22
1994
 
1,403
136.6
4.62
0.06
0.31
56.79
1995
 
1,394
135.7
-0.64
0.06
0.30
54.06
1996
 
1,426
138.9
2.30
0.06
0.29
51.52
1997
 
1,461
142.3
2.45
0.06
0.29
51.58
1998
 
1,496
145.7
2.40
0.05
0.29
50.78
1999
 
1,743
169.7
16.51
0.06
0.33
56.43
2000
 
1,780
173.3
2.12
0.06
0.32
55.13
2001
 
1,805
175.8
1.40
0.06
0.32
55.35
2002
 
1,762
171.6
-2.38
0.06
0.31
54.18
2003
 
1,713
166.8
-2.78
0.06
0.31
54.82
2004
 
1,672
162.8
-2.39
0.06
0.29
50.69
2005
 
1,707
166.2
2.09
0.06
0.30
51.56
2006
 
1,746
170.0
2.28
0.06
0.30
50.33
2007
 
1,821
177.3
4.30
0.06
0.30
50.79
2008
 
1,840
179.2
1.04
0.06
0.31
52.50
2009
 
1,792
174.5
-2.61
0.06
0.31
54.61
2010
 
1,773
172.6
-1.06
0.06
0.30
54.13
2011
 
1,743
169.7
-1.69
0.05
0.30
52.65
2012
 
1,723
167.8
-1.15
0.05
0.32
55.62
2013
 
1,675
163.1
-2.79
0.05
0.31
54.60
2014
 
1,693
164.8
1.07
0.05
0.30
51.85
2015
 
1,681
163.7
-0.71
0.05
0.30
50.66
2016
 
1,672
162.8
-0.54
0.05
0.32
53.22
2017
 
1,695
165.0
1.38
0.05
0.29
48.45
Source: Calculations by the Colorado Regional Economic Analysis Project (CO-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
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Colorado:
Total Employment, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
1,001,380
100.0
N
1.10
0.46
102.21
1970
 
1,031,727
103.0
3.03
1.13
0.46
103.58
1971
 
1,071,644
107.0
3.87
1.17
0.47
105.06
1972
 
1,149,119
114.8
7.23
1.22
0.48
106.04
1973
 
1,243,393
124.2
8.20
1.26
0.50
106.97
1974
 
1,275,871
127.4
2.61
1.27
0.50
106.98
1975
 
1,285,326
128.4
0.74
1.30
0.50
108.27
1976
 
1,339,513
133.8
4.22
1.32
0.51
108.98
1977
 
1,410,620
140.9
5.31
1.34
0.52
109.47
1978
 
1,506,123
150.4
6.77
1.37
0.54
110.23
1979
 
1,592,700
159.1
5.75
1.41
0.56
110.95
1980
 
1,650,988
164.9
3.66
1.45
0.57
113.15
1981
 
1,716,627
171.4
3.98
1.49
0.58
115.11
1982
 
1,759,629
175.7
2.51
1.54
0.57
116.63
1983
 
1,788,112
178.6
1.62
1.55
0.57
115.36
1984
 
1,883,141
188.1
5.31
1.56
0.59
116.23
1985
 
1,915,363
191.3
1.71
1.55
0.60
114.72
1986
 
1,913,687
191.1
-0.09
1.52
0.59
112.45
1987
 
1,902,784
190.0
-0.57
1.47
0.58
109.15
1988
 
1,968,280
196.6
3.44
1.47
0.60
110.45
1989
 
2,002,612
200.0
1.74
1.47
0.61
110.80
1990
 
2,039,626
203.7
1.85
1.47
0.62
111.28
1991
 
2,086,939
208.4
2.32
1.52
0.62
113.27
1992
 
2,134,517
213.2
2.28
1.54
0.61
113.36
1993
 
2,233,513
223.0
4.64
1.59
0.62
114.12
1994
 
2,345,496
234.2
5.01
1.63
0.63
114.92
1995
 
2,424,617
242.1
3.37
1.64
0.63
114.06
1996
 
2,519,426
251.6
3.91
1.67
0.64
114.62
1997
 
2,629,239
262.6
4.36
1.70
0.65
115.44
1998
 
2,732,909
272.9
3.94
1.72
0.66
115.55
1999
 
2,807,895
280.4
2.74
1.74
0.66
114.78
2000
 
2,917,385
291.3
3.90
1.76
0.67
115.04
2001
 
2,941,583
293.8
0.83
1.78
0.66
114.43
2002
 
2,916,941
291.3
-0.84
1.77
0.65
113.17
2003
 
2,908,619
290.5
-0.29
1.75
0.64
112.30
2004
 
2,958,379
295.4
1.71
1.75
0.65
112.14
2005
 
3,036,666
303.2
2.65
1.76
0.66
112.42
2006
 
3,109,368
310.5
2.39
1.77
0.66
111.76
2007
 
3,217,961
321.4
3.49
1.79
0.67
112.39
2008
 
3,251,097
324.7
1.03
1.81
0.66
112.82
2009
 
3,164,426
316.0
-2.67
1.82
0.64
112.44
2010
 
3,143,637
313.9
-0.66
1.82
0.62
111.42
2011
 
3,204,078
320.0
1.92
1.82
0.63
110.83
2012
 
3,262,925
325.8
1.84
1.82
0.63
110.37
2013
 
3,356,175
335.2
2.86
1.84
0.64
110.61
2014
 
3,466,084
346.1
3.27
1.86
0.65
111.00
2015
 
3,571,903
356.7
3.05
1.88
0.66
110.75
2016
 
3,664,707
366.0
2.60
1.90
0.66
110.83
2017
 
3,743,025
373.8
2.14
1.91
0.67
110.86
Source: Calculations by the Colorado Regional Economic Analysis Project (CO-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
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United States:
Total Employment, 1969-2017
 
1969
 
91,053,200
100.0
N
0.45
1970
 
91,277,600
100.2
0.25
0.45
1971
 
91,581,400
100.6
0.33
0.44
1972
 
94,312,200
103.6
2.98
0.45
1973
 
98,427,500
108.1
4.36
0.47
1974
 
100,111,800
109.9
1.71
0.47
1975
 
98,900,600
108.6
-1.21
0.46
1976
 
101,591,200
111.6
2.72
0.47
1977
 
105,042,200
115.4
3.40
0.48
1978
 
109,686,600
120.5
4.42
0.49
1979
 
113,147,100
124.3
3.15
0.50
1980
 
113,983,200
125.2
0.74
0.50
1981
 
114,914,000
126.2
0.82
0.50
1982
 
114,163,300
125.4
-0.65
0.49
1983
 
115,645,700
127.0
1.30
0.49
1984
 
120,528,100
132.4
4.22
0.51
1985
 
123,796,700
136.0
2.71
0.52
1986
 
126,232,300
138.6
1.97
0.53
1987
 
129,548,400
142.3
2.63
0.53
1988
 
133,563,900
146.7
3.10
0.55
1989
 
136,177,800
149.6
1.96
0.55
1990
 
138,330,900
151.9
1.58
0.55
1991
 
137,612,800
151.1
-0.52
0.54
1992
 
138,166,100
151.7
0.40
0.54
1993
 
140,774,400
154.6
1.89
0.54
1994
 
144,196,600
158.4
2.43
0.55
1995
 
147,915,800
162.4
2.58
0.56
1996
 
151,056,200
165.9
2.12
0.56
1997
 
154,541,200
169.7
2.31
0.57
1998
 
158,481,200
174.1
2.55
0.57
1999
 
161,531,300
177.4
1.92
0.58
2000
 
165,370,800
181.6
2.38
0.59
2001
 
165,522,200
181.8
0.09
0.58
2002
 
165,095,100
181.3
-0.26
0.57
2003
 
165,921,500
182.2
0.50
0.57
2004
 
168,839,700
185.4
1.76
0.58
2005
 
172,338,400
189.3
2.07
0.58
2006
 
175,868,600
193.1
2.05
0.59
2007
 
179,543,700
197.2
2.09
0.60
2008
 
179,213,900
196.8
-0.18
0.59
2009
 
173,636,700
190.7
-3.11
0.57
2010
 
172,901,700
189.9
-0.42
0.56
2011
 
176,091,700
193.4
1.84
0.57
2012
 
178,979,700
196.6
1.64
0.57
2013
 
182,325,100
200.2
1.87
0.58
2014
 
186,235,800
204.5
2.14
0.58
2015
 
190,317,800
209.0
2.19
0.59
2016
 
193,368,900
212.4
1.60
0.60
2017
 
196,132,200
215.4
1.43
0.60
Source: Calculations by the Colorado Regional Economic Analysis Project (CO-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2018
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PN
 
   
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