Sevier County vs. Utah
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Total Employment Growth and Change, 1969-2020
Introduction
Sevier County vs. Utah
Sevier County:
2020 Jobs = 12,477
2020 Percent of State = 0.6%
Utah:
2020 Jobs = 2,079,706
2020 Percent of U.S. = 1.1%
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 Sevier County to work are included in the employment count for Sevier 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, 1969-2020
Total Employment, 1969-2020
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Sevier County's annual total employment for the period 1969-2020 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 52-year period, Sevier County's total employment rose from 4,376 in 1969 to 12,477 in 2020, for a net gain of 8,101, or 185.1%.
Total Employment, 1969-2020
Total Employment, 1969-2020
Figure 2.
Figure 2 traces Utah's annual total employment for the period 1969-2020 to illustrate total employment patterns over time. During this 52-year period, Utah's total employment rose from 443,665 in 1969 to 2,079,706 in 2020, for a net gain of 1,636,041, or 368.8%.
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2020
Total Employment Indices (1969=100): 1969-2020
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Sevier County's total employment growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Utah, 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.
Sevier County's overall total employment growth was 185.1% over 1969-2020 trailed Utah's increase of 368.8%, and topped the United States' increase of 109.5%.
Total Employment as a Percent of the Utah Total: 1969-2020
Total Employment as a Percent of the Utah Total: 1969-2020
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the total employment growth of Sevier County is to trace its individual percentage contributions to Utah'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 Utah's total employment, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Sevier County's total employment totaled 0.99% of Utah's total employment, while in 2020 it equated to 0.60% thereby yielding a -0.39% share-shift.
   
 
Total Employment Share-Shift
2020 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2020
vs.
1969
-0.39%
=
0.60%
-
0.99%
 
   
Sevier County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
Sevier County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2020
Figure 5.
Figure 5 displays the short-run pattern of Sevier County's total employment growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2020. The average annual percent change for the entire 51-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, Sevier County's total employment grew at an annual rate of 2.12% over 1970-2020. The county posted its highest growth in 1976 (10.42%) and recorded its lowest growth in 1985 (-4.89%). In 2020, Sevier County's total employment declined by -0.59%
Sevier County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
Sevier County Total Employment:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2020
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 Sevier 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 2020.
During the 1970s, Sevier County's annual total employment growth rate averaged 4.06%. It averaged 0.96% in the 1980s, 3.42% during the 1990s, 1.25% throughout the 2000s, 1.16% during the 2010s, and -0.59% in 2020.
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 Sevier County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Utah and the nation. As the chart reveals, Sevier County's average annual total employment growth fell below Utah's average throughout the 1970s (4.06% vs. 4.34%), amounted to less than Utah's average in the 1980s (0.96% vs. 2.85%), fell below Utah's average during the 1990s (3.42% vs. 4.09%), recorded under Utah's average in the 2000s (1.25% vs. 2.05%), and posted below Utah's average over the 10 year period of the last decade, 2010-2019 (1.16% vs. 2.56%). In 2020, Sevier County's growth has exceeded Utah's average (-0.59% vs. -1.10%).
Finally, relative to nationwide total employment growth trends, Sevier County registered above the nation in the 1970s (4.06% vs. 2.21%), posted below the nation throughout the 1980s (0.96% vs. 1.88%), outpaced the nation in the 1990s (3.42% vs. 1.73%), outperformed the nation throughout the 2000s (1.25% vs. 0.74%), and fell below the nation over 2010-2019 (1.16% vs. 1.51%). In 2020, growth for Sevier County has topped the national average (-0.59% vs. -5.39%).
   
 
Total Employment Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
2.12
4.06
0.96
3.42
1.25
1.16
-0.59
 
3.10
4.34
2.85
4.09
2.05
2.56
-1.10
 
1.48
2.21
1.88
1.73
0.74
1.51
-5.39
 
   
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2020
Job Ratios (Employment/Population): 1969-2020
Figure 8.
The job ratios shown in Figure 8 for Sevier County, Utah 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 0.58 between 1969 and 2020. Sevier County's job ratio registered 0.44 in 1969, and 0.57 in 2020. 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:
1969-2020
Job Ratios (Employment/Population)
as a Percent of the U.S. Average:
1969-2020
Figure 9.
To highlight trends in a local job ratio relative to nationwide trends, Figure 9 tracks Sevier County's, Utah's job ratio as a percent of the national job ratio over 1969-2020.

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Sevier County:
Total Employment, 1969-2020
 
1969
 
4,376
100.0
N
0.99
0.44
97.72
1970
 
4,495
102.7
2.72
0.99
0.44
98.63
1971
 
4,561
104.2
1.47
0.98
0.43
97.78
1972
 
4,666
106.6
2.30
0.94
0.44
97.98
1973
 
4,753
108.6
1.86
0.91
0.44
93.67
1974
 
5,089
116.3
7.07
0.93
0.46
97.16
1975
 
5,252
120.0
3.20
0.95
0.45
97.63
1976
 
5,799
132.5
10.42
1.00
0.47
99.93
1977
 
6,029
137.8
3.97
0.98
0.46
96.95
1978
 
6,194
141.5
2.74
0.95
0.45
91.38
1979
 
6,495
148.4
4.86
0.96
0.45
89.75
1980
 
6,384
145.9
-1.71
0.93
0.43
86.08
1981
 
6,621
151.3
3.71
0.95
0.44
88.23
1982
 
6,653
152.0
0.48
0.94
0.43
87.23
1983
 
6,809
155.6
2.34
0.95
0.43
87.25
1984
 
7,113
162.5
4.46
0.93
0.45
87.42
1985
 
6,765
154.6
-4.89
0.86
0.43
81.76
1986
 
6,620
151.3
-2.14
0.83
0.42
79.99
1987
 
6,928
158.3
4.65
0.83
0.45
83.66
1988
 
6,986
159.6
0.84
0.81
0.45
83.03
1989
 
7,115
162.6
1.85
0.79
0.46
83.65
1990
 
7,053
161.2
-0.87
0.75
0.46
82.39
1991
 
7,014
160.3
-0.55
0.73
0.45
82.49
1992
 
7,018
160.4
0.06
0.72
0.44
81.83
1993
 
7,448
170.2
6.13
0.73
0.46
84.51
1994
 
8,188
187.1
9.94
0.74
0.49
89.20
1995
 
8,352
190.9
2.00
0.73
0.49
87.50
1996
 
8,919
203.8
6.79
0.73
0.51
90.22
1997
 
9,315
212.9
4.44
0.73
0.51
90.84
1998
 
9,481
216.7
1.78
0.72
0.51
89.21
1999
 
9,907
226.4
4.49
0.74
0.53
91.55
2000
 
10,169
232.4
2.64
0.74
0.54
91.91
2001
 
10,038
229.4
-1.29
0.72
0.53
91.08
2002
 
10,182
232.7
1.43
0.73
0.53
92.93
2003
 
10,174
232.5
-0.08
0.72
0.53
92.69
2004
 
10,634
243.0
4.52
0.73
0.55
95.00
2005
 
10,647
243.3
0.12
0.70
0.55
94.04
2006
 
10,919
249.5
2.55
0.69
0.55
93.35
2007
 
11,412
260.8
4.52
0.68
0.56
94.62
2008
 
11,499
262.8
0.76
0.68
0.56
94.72
2009
 
11,191
255.7
-2.68
0.68
0.54
95.54
2010
 
11,206
256.1
0.13
0.69
0.54
96.39
2011
 
11,366
259.7
1.43
0.68
0.54
96.36
2012
 
11,591
264.9
1.98
0.68
0.56
98.38
2013
 
11,504
262.9
-0.75
0.66
0.55
96.07
2014
 
11,632
265.8
1.11
0.64
0.56
95.86
2015
 
11,927
272.6
2.54
0.64
0.57
96.30
2016
 
12,017
274.6
0.75
0.62
0.57
94.92
2017
 
12,345
282.1
2.73
0.62
0.58
95.95
2018
 
12,672
289.6
2.65
0.61
0.59
96.11
2019
 
12,551
286.8
-0.95
0.60
0.58
94.46
2020
 
12,477
285.1
-0.59
0.60
0.57
98.94
Source: Calculations by the Utah Regional Economic Analysis Project (UT-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2021
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PSN
 
   

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Utah:
Total Employment, 1969-2020
 
1969
 
443,665
100.0
N
0.49
0.42
93.68
1970
 
454,612
102.5
2.47
0.50
0.43
95.25
1971
 
466,945
105.2
2.71
0.51
0.42
95.80
1972
 
494,083
111.4
5.81
0.52
0.44
96.63
1973
 
522,552
117.8
5.76
0.53
0.45
96.00
1974
 
544,692
122.8
4.24
0.54
0.45
96.82
1975
 
552,699
124.6
1.47
0.56
0.45
97.58
1976
 
580,312
130.8
5.00
0.57
0.46
97.67
1977
 
612,694
138.1
5.58
0.58
0.47
97.37
1978
 
651,311
146.8
6.30
0.59
0.48
96.67
1979
 
677,997
152.8
4.10
0.60
0.48
95.03
1980
 
687,159
154.9
1.35
0.60
0.47
93.02
1981
 
696,877
157.1
1.41
0.61
0.46
91.82
1982
 
706,930
159.3
1.44
0.62
0.45
92.06
1983
 
719,110
162.1
1.72
0.62
0.45
91.15
1984
 
761,202
171.6
5.85
0.63
0.47
91.80
1985
 
788,568
177.7
3.60
0.64
0.48
92.25
1986
 
801,192
180.6
1.60
0.63
0.48
91.66
1987
 
830,377
187.2
3.64
0.64
0.49
92.55
1988
 
865,051
195.0
4.18
0.65
0.51
93.74
1989
 
897,166
202.2
3.71
0.66
0.53
95.32
1990
 
938,218
211.5
4.58
0.68
0.54
97.79
1991
 
960,860
216.6
2.41
0.70
0.54
99.25
1992
 
978,690
220.6
1.86
0.71
0.53
98.92
1993
 
1,025,991
231.3
4.83
0.73
0.54
99.79
1994
 
1,102,315
248.5
7.44
0.76
0.56
102.60
1995
 
1,150,220
259.3
4.35
0.78
0.57
102.80
1996
 
1,217,605
274.4
5.86
0.81
0.59
105.01
1997
 
1,269,877
286.2
4.29
0.82
0.60
105.69
1998
 
1,309,652
295.2
3.13
0.83
0.60
105.25
1999
 
1,338,175
301.6
2.18
0.83
0.61
104.91
2000
 
1,380,538
311.2
3.17
0.83
0.62
104.95
2001
 
1,391,757
313.7
0.81
0.84
0.61
104.92
2002
 
1,395,322
314.5
0.26
0.85
0.60
104.56
2003
 
1,405,788
316.9
0.75
0.85
0.60
104.15
2004
 
1,453,405
327.6
3.39
0.86
0.61
104.95
2005
 
1,517,566
342.1
4.41
0.88
0.62
105.88
2006
 
1,592,736
359.0
4.95
0.91
0.63
107.00
2007
 
1,676,394
377.9
5.25
0.93
0.65
108.27
2008
 
1,688,150
380.5
0.70
0.94
0.63
107.57
2009
 
1,633,982
368.3
-3.21
0.94
0.60
106.00
2010
 
1,620,799
365.3
-0.81
0.94
0.58
104.48
2011
 
1,664,426
375.2
2.69
0.95
0.59
104.63
2012
 
1,706,060
384.5
2.50
0.95
0.60
104.83
2013
 
1,753,371
395.2
2.77
0.96
0.60
104.85
2014
 
1,803,953
406.6
2.88
0.97
0.61
104.96
2015
 
1,865,926
420.6
3.44
0.98
0.63
105.39
2016
 
1,933,142
435.7
3.60
1.00
0.64
106.06
2017
 
1,995,156
449.7
3.21
1.02
0.64
106.42
2018
 
2,069,443
466.4
3.72
1.03
0.66
107.04
2019
 
2,102,910
474.0
1.62
1.04
0.66
106.89
2020
 
2,079,706
468.8
-1.10
1.09
0.64
110.52
Source: Calculations by the Utah Regional Economic Analysis Project (UT-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2021
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United States:
Total Employment, 1969-2020
 
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
0.58
2015
 
190,325,800
209.0
2.20
0.59
2016
 
193,425,900
212.4
1.63
0.60
2017
 
196,393,100
215.7
1.53
0.60
2018
 
200,280,200
220.0
1.98
0.61
2019
 
201,644,200
221.5
0.68
0.61
2020
 
190,776,800
209.5
-5.39
0.58
Source: Calculations by the Utah Regional Economic Analysis Project (UT-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2021
REAP_PI_CA1400_1000_PN
 
   
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