Click to enlarge.The employment-population ratio is a measure of labor market strength. It is calculated by dividing the total number of employed workers in a geographic region by the total civilian non-institutionalized population, ages 16 and over, in that region. This is often used alongside the unemployment rate in determining the strength of the labor market.

  • Following the 2008 national recession, the employment-population ratio for all three geographies sharply declined through 2010. Since then, the Kansas and Sedgwick County ratios have modestly declined by approximately one percentage point, while the national ratio has increased by 1.5 percentage points.

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