Union County vs. Pennsylvania
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Total Employment Growth and Change, 1969-2019
Introduction
Union County:
2019 Jobs = 24,361
2019 Percent of State = 0.3%
Pennsylvania:
2019 Jobs = 7,873,779
2019 Percent of State = 3.9%
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 Union County to work are included in the employment count for Union 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 wages and salaries 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, 1969-2019
Total Employment, 1969-2019
Figure 1.
Figure 1 traces Union County's annual total employment for the period 1969-2019 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 51-year period, Union County's total employment rose from 10,589 in 1969 to 24,361 in 2019, for a net gain of 13,772, or 130.1%.
Total Employment, 1969-2019
Total Employment, 1969-2019
Figure 2.
Figure 2 traces Pennsylvania's annual total employment for the period 1969-2019 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 51-year period, Pennsylvania's total employment rose from 5,249,940 in 1969 to 7,873,779 in 2019, for a net gain of 2,623,839, or 50.0%.
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2019
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2019
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Union County's total employment growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Pennsylvania, 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.
Union County's overall total employment growth was 130.1% over 1969-2019 outpaced Pennsylvania's increase of 50.0%, and topped the United States' increase of 123.8%.
Total Employment as a Percent of the Pennsylvania Total: 1969-2019
Total Employment as a Percent of the Pennsylvania Total: 1969-2019
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of highlighting the total employment growth of Union County is to trace its individual percentage contributions to Pennsylvania'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 Pennsylvania's total employment, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Union County's total employment totaled 0.20% of Pennsylvania's total employment, while in 2019 it equated to 0.31% thereby yielding a +0.11% share-shift.
   
 
Total Employment Share-Shift
2019 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2019
vs.
1969
+0.11%
=
0.31%
-
0.20%
 
   
Union County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2019
Union County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2019
Figure 5.
Figure 5 highlights the short-run pattern of Union County's total employment growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2019. The average annual percent change for the entire 50-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, Union County's total employment grew at an annual rate of 1.72% over 1970-2019. The county recorded its highest growth in 1972 (9.97%) and recorded its lowest growth in 1975 (-4.15%). In 2019, Union County's total employment declined by -0.16%
Union County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2019
Union County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2019
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again illustrates the annual percent change in Union County's total employment since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2019.
During the 1970s, Union County's annual total employment growth rate averaged 4.18%. It averaged 2.33% during the 1980s, 0.82% throughout the 1990s, 0.13% in the 2000s, and 1.11% thus far this decade (2010 to 2019).
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 Union County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Pennsylvania and the nation. As the chart reveals, Union County's average annual total employment growth outpaced Pennsylvania's average in the 1970s (4.18% vs. 0.77%), outgained Pennsylvania's average during the 1980s (2.33% vs. 0.95%), posted below Pennsylvania's average in the 1990s (0.82% vs. 0.85%), trailed Pennsylvania's average throughout the 2000s (0.13% vs. 0.50%), and surpassed Pennsylvania's average over the 10 year period of the last decade, 2010-2019 (1.11% vs. 1.04%).
Finally, relative to nationwide total employment growth trends, Union County outperformed the nation in the 1970s (4.18% vs. 2.21%), surpassed the nation over the 1980s (2.33% vs. 1.88%), fell under the nation over the 1990s (0.82% vs. 1.73%), posted below the nation throughout the 2000s (0.13% vs. 0.74%), and lagged the nation over 2010-2019 (1.11% vs. 1.62%).
   
 
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
1.72
4.18
2.33
0.82
0.13
1.11
-0.16
 
0.82
0.77
0.95
0.85
0.50
1.04
1.39
 
1.63
2.21
1.88
1.73
0.74
1.62
1.76
 
   
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2019
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2019
Figure 8.
The job ratios shown in Figure 8 for Union County, Pennsylvania 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 0.62 between 1969 and 2019. Union County's job ratio registered 0.37 in 1969, and 0.54 in 2019. 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:
1969-2019
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2019
Figure 9.
To highlight trends in a local job ratio relative to nationwide trends, Figure 9 tracks Union County's, Pennsylvania's job ratio as a percent of the national job ratio over 1969-2019.

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Union County:
Total Employment, 1969-2019
 
1969
 
10,589
100.0
N
0.20
0.37
82.69
1970
 
10,867
102.6
2.63
0.21
0.38
84.31
1971
 
11,024
104.1
1.44
0.21
0.37
83.74
1972
 
12,123
114.5
9.97
0.23
0.40
89.42
1973
 
12,889
121.7
6.32
0.24
0.42
91.14
1974
 
13,216
124.8
2.54
0.24
0.42
90.23
1975
 
12,667
119.6
-4.15
0.24
0.40
86.48
1976
 
13,520
127.7
6.73
0.25
0.42
90.60
1977
 
14,167
133.8
4.79
0.26
0.44
91.98
1978
 
14,953
141.2
5.55
0.27
0.46
92.52
1979
 
15,856
149.7
6.04
0.28
0.48
94.70
1980
 
15,957
150.7
0.64
0.28
0.48
96.60
1981
 
15,805
149.3
-0.95
0.28
0.48
95.32
1982
 
15,765
148.9
-0.25
0.29
0.47
95.75
1983
 
16,106
152.1
2.16
0.30
0.48
97.00
1984
 
16,445
155.3
2.10
0.29
0.48
93.52
1985
 
16,770
158.4
1.98
0.30
0.48
93.17
1986
 
17,378
164.1
3.63
0.30
0.50
94.93
1987
 
18,163
171.5
4.52
0.30
0.52
97.40
1988
 
19,542
184.6
7.59
0.32
0.55
100.43
1989
 
19,917
188.1
1.92
0.32
0.55
100.18
1990
 
19,589
185.0
-1.65
0.31
0.54
97.51
1991
 
19,369
182.9
-1.12
0.31
0.53
97.60
1992
 
19,344
182.7
-0.13
0.31
0.53
97.94
1993
 
19,669
185.7
1.68
0.31
0.51
94.76
1994
 
20,287
191.6
3.14
0.32
0.50
90.43
1995
 
20,918
197.5
3.11
0.33
0.51
91.56
1996
 
21,231
200.5
1.50
0.33
0.51
90.94
1997
 
21,679
204.7
2.11
0.33
0.52
92.13
1998
 
21,925
207.1
1.13
0.33
0.53
92.99
1999
 
21,588
203.9
-1.54
0.32
0.52
89.79
2000
 
22,410
211.6
3.81
0.32
0.54
91.87
2001
 
22,636
213.8
1.01
0.33
0.54
92.57
2002
 
21,816
206.0
-3.62
0.32
0.51
89.70
2003
 
21,934
207.1
0.54
0.32
0.51
89.98
2004
 
21,977
207.5
0.20
0.32
0.51
88.05
2005
 
22,473
212.2
2.26
0.32
0.51
88.20
2006
 
22,570
213.1
0.43
0.32
0.51
85.73
2007
 
22,486
212.4
-0.37
0.31
0.50
84.12
2008
 
22,312
210.7
-0.77
0.31
0.50
84.03
2009
 
21,832
206.2
-2.15
0.31
0.49
86.11
2010
 
21,842
206.3
0.05
0.31
0.49
86.83
2011
 
21,978
207.6
0.62
0.30
0.49
86.20
2012
 
22,235
210.0
1.17
0.31
0.49
86.33
2013
 
22,523
212.7
1.30
0.31
0.50
87.26
2014
 
22,963
216.9
1.95
0.31
0.51
87.27
2015
 
23,325
220.3
1.58
0.31
0.51
86.33
2016
 
23,802
224.8
2.05
0.31
0.52
87.45
2017
 
24,366
230.1
2.37
0.32
0.55
90.34
2018
 
24,400
230.4
0.14
0.31
0.54
88.41
2019
 
24,361
230.1
-0.16
0.31
0.54
87.34
Source: Calculations by the Pennsylvania Regional Economic Analysis Project (PA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2020
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PSN
 
   

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Pennsylvania:
Total Employment, 1969-2019
 
1969
 
5,249,940
100.0
N
5.77
0.45
98.85
1970
 
5,226,036
99.5
-0.46
5.73
0.44
98.79
1971
 
5,159,316
98.3
-1.28
5.63
0.43
98.04
1972
 
5,246,647
99.9
1.69
5.56
0.44
97.80
1973
 
5,401,982
102.9
2.96
5.49
0.45
97.60
1974
 
5,419,058
103.2
0.32
5.41
0.46
97.34
1975
 
5,302,386
101.0
-2.15
5.36
0.45
97.09
1976
 
5,353,339
102.0
0.96
5.27
0.45
96.44
1977
 
5,429,193
103.4
1.42
5.17
0.46
95.60
1978
 
5,561,889
105.9
2.44
5.07
0.47
94.92
1979
 
5,663,533
107.9
1.83
5.01
0.48
94.67
1980
 
5,624,462
107.1
-0.69
4.93
0.47
94.47
1981
 
5,583,974
106.4
-0.72
4.86
0.47
94.03
1982
 
5,473,792
104.3
-1.97
4.79
0.46
93.77
1983
 
5,432,690
103.5
-0.75
4.70
0.46
92.78
1984
 
5,577,004
106.2
2.66
4.63
0.47
92.36
1985
 
5,679,261
108.2
1.83
4.59
0.48
92.73
1986
 
5,772,102
109.9
1.63
4.57
0.49
93.19
1987
 
5,956,959
113.5
3.20
4.60
0.50
94.33
1988
 
6,119,812
116.6
2.73
4.58
0.52
94.57
1989
 
6,216,055
118.4
1.57
4.56
0.52
94.95
1990
 
6,292,542
119.9
1.23
4.55
0.53
95.39
1991
 
6,211,669
118.3
-1.29
4.51
0.52
95.30
1992
 
6,216,278
118.4
0.07
4.50
0.52
95.78
1993
 
6,256,367
119.2
0.64
4.44
0.52
95.31
1994
 
6,323,071
120.4
1.07
4.39
0.52
94.84
1995
 
6,422,943
122.3
1.58
4.34
0.53
94.79
1996
 
6,477,294
123.4
0.85
4.29
0.53
94.53
1997
 
6,584,830
125.4
1.66
4.26
0.54
95.01
1998
 
6,657,699
126.8
1.11
4.20
0.54
94.63
1999
 
6,764,360
128.8
1.60
4.19
0.55
95.28
2000
 
6,905,286
131.5
2.08
4.18
0.56
95.91
2001
 
6,915,464
131.7
0.15
4.18
0.56
96.80
2002
 
6,887,155
131.2
-0.41
4.17
0.56
97.30
2003
 
6,875,863
131.0
-0.16
4.14
0.56
97.15
2004
 
6,951,840
132.4
1.10
4.12
0.56
97.14
2005
 
7,053,674
134.4
1.46
4.09
0.57
97.15
2006
 
7,152,678
136.2
1.40
4.07
0.57
97.00
2007
 
7,265,045
138.4
1.57
4.05
0.58
97.02
2008
 
7,278,608
138.6
0.19
4.06
0.58
97.92
2009
 
7,101,557
135.3
-2.43
4.09
0.56
99.05
2010
 
7,119,776
135.6
0.26
4.12
0.56
100.21
2011
 
7,217,098
137.5
1.37
4.10
0.57
100.18
2012
 
7,284,519
138.8
0.93
4.07
0.57
100.05
2013
 
7,350,854
140.0
0.91
4.03
0.58
99.72
2014
 
7,434,313
141.6
1.14
3.99
0.58
99.36
2015
 
7,510,351
143.1
1.02
3.95
0.59
98.96
2016
 
7,593,966
144.6
1.11
3.93
0.59
99.21
2017
 
7,663,502
146.0
0.92
3.90
0.60
99.20
2018
 
7,765,629
147.9
1.33
3.88
0.61
98.95
2019
 
7,873,779
150.0
1.39
3.86
0.62
99.05
Source: Calculations by the Pennsylvania Regional Economic Analysis Project (PA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2020
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PSN
 
   

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United States:
Total Employment, 1969-2019
 
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
 
186,233,800
204.5
2.14
0.59
2015
 
190,325,800
209.0
2.20
0.59
2016
 
193,378,900
212.4
1.60
0.60
2017
 
196,337,100
215.6
1.53
0.60
2018
 
200,284,200
220.0
2.01
0.61
2019
 
203,809,500
223.8
1.76
0.62
Source: Calculations by the Pennsylvania Regional Economic Analysis Project (PA-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2020
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PN
 
   
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