Leading, Slipping, Gaining, Lagging Analysis:
Assessing Other Services (except Public Administration) Employment Growth
Across Texas Counties
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Employment Growth
County vs Statewide Average: 2008-2017 and 2017
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Employment Growth
Texas:
2008-2017 = 1.87%
2017 = 0.81%
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 other services (except public administration) employment growth across all of Texas' 254 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 Texas Regional Economic Analysis Project report, we adopt this approach to gauge and compare the other services (except public administration) employment growth of Texas' 254 counties over the latest available year (2017) against the backdrop of their growth over the long term period (2008-2017). In so doing we classify their growth and performance into 4 broad categories: Leading, Slipping, Gaining and Lagging.
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Employment Growth
County vs Statewide Average: 2008-2017 and 2017
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Employment Growth
Texas:
2008-2017 = 1.87%
2017 = 0.81%
This figure displays the 254 counties of Texas as dots on a scattergram, with the vertical axis representing the average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate over the long-term period (2008-2017), and the horizontal axis representing the other services (except public administration) employment growth rate for the near-term (2017).
This figure sets apart those counties whose long-term other services (except public administration) employment growth exceeded the statewide average of 1.87%, by portraying them in the top two quadrants demarcated at 1.87% on the vertical axis. County whose long-term average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate trailed the statewide average (1.87%) are distributed in the bottom two quadrants. In all, 33 counties surpassed the statewide average over 2008-2017, while 149 counties fell below.
Similarly, the two quadrants on the right of this figure present the positions of the 68 counties whose most recent (2017) other services (except public administration) employment growth rate exceeded the statewide average (0.81%). The two quadrants on the left feature those 114 counties whose other services (except public administration) employment growth over 2017 trailed the statewide average.
Accordingly, each quadrant portrays the performance of all 254 counties corresponding with their long-term (2008-2017) and near-term (2017) performance relative to their respective statewide averages of 1.87% over 2008-2017 and 0.81% over 2017:
Leading counties () (top-right quadrant)...are counties whose average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate surpassed the statewide average both long-term (1.87%) and near-term (0.81%).
Slipping counties () (top-left quadrant)...are counties whose long-term average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate exceeded the statewide average (1.87%), but whose near-term growth has "slipped" by falling below the Texas average (0.81%).
Gaining counties () (bottom-right quadrant)...are counties whose long-term average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate fell below the statewide average (1.87%), but whose near-term growth has "gained" by registering above the average (0.81%) statewide.
Lagging counties () (bottom-left quadrant)...are counties whose average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate fell under the statewide average both long-term (1.87%) and near-term (0.81%).
   
 
Summary of Texas' 254 County Totals
 
Short Term Average
 
 
Below
(0.81%)
Above
(0.81%)
 
Long
Term
Average
Above
(1.87%)
11
22
33
Below
(1.87%)
103
46
149
 
114
68
182
 
   
Leading Counties
2017 vs. 2008-2017 Averages
Leading Counties
Texas:
2008-2017 = 1.87%
2017 = 0.81%
Turning attention to the top-right quadrant from the discussion above, this figure features the distribution of the Texas counties classified as Leading. These counties surpassed Texas' average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth both long-term (2008-2017 = 1.87%) as well as near-term (2017 = 0.81%). Each is identified by its corresponding ranking based on it's average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate over 2008-2017.
Of Texas' 254 counties, just 22 (9%) are classified within the Leading () category. Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
Slipping Counties
2017 vs. 2008-2017 Averages
Slipping Counties
Texas:
2008-2017 = 1.87%
2017 = 0.81%
This figure depicts the distribution of the 11 Texas counties classified as Slipping (top-left quadrant), in that their long-term average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate outpaced the average statewide (2008-2017 = 1.87%), while they trailed the statewide average near-term (2017 = 0.81%). Again, each county is identified by it's corresponding ranking based on its average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate over 2008-2017.
Only 11 (4%) of Texas' 254 counties are classified as Slipping (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
Gaining Counties
2017 vs. 2008-2017 Averages
Gaining Counties
Texas:
2008-2017 = 1.87%
2017 = 0.81%
This figure shows the distribution of the 46 Texas counties classified as Gaining (bottom-right quadrant), in that their long-term average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate posted below the average statewide (2008-2017 = 1.87%), while they outpaced Texas' average near-term (2017 = 0.81%). Again, each county is identified by its corresponding ranking based on its average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate over 2008-2017.
Of Texas' 254 counties, 18% (46) are featured as Gaining (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
Lagging Counties
2017 vs. 2008-2017 Averages
Lagging Counties
Texas:
2008-2017 = 1.87%
2017 = 0.81%
This figure depicts the distributions of the 103 Texas counties classified as Lagging (bottom-left quadrant). These counties trailed the statewide average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth both long-term (2008-2017 = 1.87%) as well as near-term (2017 = 0.81%). Again, each county is identified by its corresponding ranking based on it's average annual other services (except public administration) employment growth rate over 2008-2017.
41% of Texas' counties, 103 of 254, are characterized here as Lagging (). Those counties ranked by their long-term average include:
   
 
Texas
Other Services (except Public Administration) Employment Growth
County vs. Statewide Average
 
2008-2017
 
2017
 
 
Leading Counties
 
31
2.16
 
18
3.85
648
 
32
2.15
 
62
1.17
61,875
 
23
2.53
 
56
1.41
10,712
 
6
3.62
 
21
3.46
33,239
 
21
2.58
 
54
1.45
5,026
 
4
4.64
 
61
1.19
426
 
12
3.05
 
76
0.93
24,365
 
27
2.26
 
59
1.28
5,448
 
3
4.74
 
28
2.78
23,486
 
7
3.60
 
19
3.68
4,252
 
9
3.34
 
23
3.30
6,004
 
26
2.28
 
79
0.92
4,949
 
5
3.68
 
12
4.53
3,690
 
11
3.32
 
9
5.40
1,718
 
18
2.73
 
10
5.15
6,987
 
15
2.87
 
45
1.69
17,419
 
14
2.93
 
68
1.06
4,480
 
20
2.60
 
26
3.24
987
 
17
2.80
 
55
1.43
52,965
 
16
2.86
 
57
1.40
1,157
 
13
2.98
 
36
2.18
16,158
 
29
2.20
 
78
0.92
1,095
Slipping Counties
 
8
3.43
 
145
-0.40
496
 
30
2.17
 
93
0.66
9,662
 
22
2.53
 
155
-0.81
613
 
25
2.29
 
99
0.51
186,513
 
33
2.10
 
98
0.53
24,643
 
1
25.92
 
220
-11.76
15
 
2
8.97
 
212
-5.15
129
 
19
2.61
 
206
-4.15
601
 
10
3.33
 
141
-0.24
3,327
 
28
2.22
 
95
0.64
75,157
 
24
2.33
 
102
0.46
8,099
Gaining Counties
 
77
0.62
 
20
3.59
1,586
 
80
0.59
 
42
1.77
230
 
50
1.39
 
63
1.17
2,169
 
96
0.28
 
33
2.40
128
 
52
1.32
 
67
1.09
1,570
 
85
0.50
 
46
1.67
972
 
74
0.71
 
29
2.76
410
 
101
0.21
 
6
9.09
372
 
117
-0.04
 
38
2.07
837
 
40
1.63
 
49
1.60
1,206
 
176
-2.19
 
48
1.61
126
 
34
1.78
 
69
1.05
114,229
 
48
1.40
 
44
1.70
719
 
51
1.34
 
32
2.41
6,207
 
151
-0.70
 
80
0.92
550
 
72
0.73
 
35
2.23
275
 
137
-0.43
 
60
1.21
1,509
 
69
0.81
 
16
4.26
2,496
 
112
0.03
 
50
1.56
2,216
 
108
0.06
 
17
3.88
938
 
61
1.06
 
40
1.97
1,860
 
67
0.91
 
85
0.85
2,610
 
107
0.09
 
13
4.36
527
 
115
-0.01
 
30
2.73
339
 
47
1.41
 
22
3.32
1,961
 
174
-2.02
 
52
1.54
595
 
78
0.61
 
71
0.99
711
 
57
1.19
 
83
0.89
10,919
 
41
1.60
 
70
1.05
290
 
93
0.31
 
39
1.98
618
 
113
0.03
 
64
1.13
893
 
58
1.18
 
34
2.29
4,418
 
92
0.38
 
77
0.93
109
 
164
-1.20
 
11
5.12
267
 
148
-0.66
 
73
0.97
209
 
180
-2.69
 
14
4.29
243
 
43
1.55
 
27
3.04
813
 
125
-0.20
 
75
0.93
1,739
 
130
-0.32
 
24
3.28
63
 
134
-0.40
 
84
0.88
1,030
 
102
0.19
 
74
0.94
1,502
 
70
0.76
 
43
1.71
3,212
 
89
0.40
 
58
1.32
1,377
 
172
-1.63
 
82
0.91
444
 
45
1.48
 
66
1.10
2,026
 
129
-0.29
 
15
4.29
1,338
Lagging Counties
 
63
1.00
 
117
0.23
2,608
 
38
1.69
 
191
-2.67
838
 
76
0.68
 
150
-0.56
1,250
 
65
0.98
 
92
0.66
909
 
146
-0.63
 
187
-2.48
746
 
141
-0.55
 
91
0.76
527
 
103
0.16
 
151
-0.69
3,186
 
37
1.70
 
149
-0.52
6,449
 
127
-0.23
 
175
-1.92
357
 
155
-0.76
 
188
-2.53
1,157
 
114
0.03
 
204
-3.97
557
 
56
1.22
 
158
-0.96
12,089
 
122
-0.13
 
125
0.00
137
 
132
-0.36
 
216
-5.99
204
 
139
-0.51
 
181
-2.36
248
 
161
-1.08
 
189
-2.67
73
 
135
-0.41
 
179
-2.26
649
 
106
0.13
 
153
-0.74
402
 
158
-0.92
 
165
-1.41
1,325
 
49
1.39
 
211
-5.14
1,662
 
62
1.05
 
207
-4.35
110
 
178
-2.33
 
140
-0.21
484
 
66
0.95
 
104
0.43
704
 
121
-0.11
 
88
0.79
641
 
163
-1.17
 
154
-0.77
129
 
64
1.00
 
162
-1.21
23,898
 
160
-0.99
 
166
-1.42
1,461
 
140
-0.54
 
112
0.26
390
 
123
-0.13
 
115
0.25
815
 
111
0.04
 
143
-0.34
883
 
55
1.26
 
182
-2.37
329
 
35
1.75
 
124
0.05
10,239
 
44
1.49
 
125
0.00
1,062
 
124
-0.14
 
192
-2.78
665
 
179
-2.53
 
174
-1.83
642
 
105
0.13
 
116
0.24
3,695
 
128
-0.27
 
97
0.55
5,137
 
54
1.28
 
100
0.49
618
 
116
-0.02
 
120
0.17
1,182
 
165
-1.22
 
163
-1.23
160
 
162
-1.12
 
125
0.00
192
 
169
-1.39
 
183
-2.44
120
 
142
-0.56
 
193
-2.88
1,314
 
136
-0.43
 
164
-1.35
1,093
 
84
0.50
 
121
0.13
779
 
95
0.28
 
157
-0.86
917
 
170
-1.43
 
101
0.49
621
 
182
-3.43
 
215
-5.71
33
 
145
-0.61
 
202
-3.50
358
 
159
-0.94
 
119
0.20
1,002
 
39
1.69
 
136
-0.06
10,322
 
156
-0.77
 
156
-0.85
1,161
 
131
-0.35
 
194
-2.89
2,284
 
147
-0.66
 
122
0.11
890
 
177
-2.32
 
219
-7.27
102
 
83
0.50
 
138
-0.15
1,978
 
167
-1.30
 
205
-3.99
602
 
119
-0.07
 
203
-3.69
235
 
171
-1.47
 
125
0.00
632
 
53
1.29
 
176
-1.95
552
 
71
0.75
 
109
0.33
612
 
82
0.50
 
168
-1.54
128
 
181
-3.22
 
209
-4.61
145
 
109
0.06
 
123
0.07
8,070
 
104
0.14
 
208
-4.41
412
 
120
-0.10
 
144
-0.35
1,145
 
42
1.56
 
137
-0.09
1,175
 
75
0.70
 
90
0.77
1,184
 
175
-2.08
 
159
-1.00
597
 
152
-0.71
 
103
0.46
220
 
133
-0.40
 
148
-0.51
589
 
173
-1.81
 
172
-1.60
370
 
87
0.44
 
89
0.78
1,948
 
81
0.51
 
161
-1.13
1,484
 
90
0.39
 
177
-1.99
11,760
 
166
-1.22
 
173
-1.75
392
 
154
-0.76
 
171
-1.59
2,415
 
88
0.41
 
180
-2.31
804
 
153
-0.72
 
105
0.38
261
 
126
-0.22
 
199
-3.21
392
 
144
-0.59
 
110
0.32
1,245
 
97
0.27
 
142
-0.29
5,533
 
168
-1.33
 
197
-3.20
212
 
150
-0.69
 
113
0.26
393
 
60
1.13
 
96
0.56
1,424
 
110
0.04
 
200
-3.43
1,604
 
99
0.26
 
160
-1.12
88
 
157
-0.79
 
86
0.81
620
 
100
0.23
 
125
0.00
83
 
59
1.14
 
152
-0.70
8,364
 
73
0.72
 
107
0.34
295
 
94
0.30
 
111
0.31
5,477
 
138
-0.45
 
190
-2.67
328
 
91
0.38
 
178
-2.20
4,354
 
79
0.60
 
118
0.22
901
 
36
1.70
 
139
-0.16
1,242
 
98
0.26
 
114
0.25
1,605
 
118
-0.05
 
125
0.00
296
 
86
0.46
 
106
0.37
1,095
 
149
-0.68
 
146
-0.41
4,368
 
68
0.85
 
214
-5.46
225
 
46
1.47
 
108
0.33
302
 
143
-0.58
 
170
-1.56
695
Undefined/Suppressed Counties
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
47
1.65
185
 
U
U
 
87
0.80
376
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
34
 
U
U
 
147
-0.47
214
 
U
U
 
125
0.00
491
 
U
U
 
4
9.32
1,243
 
U
U
 
184
-2.46
277
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
284
 
U
U
 
195
-3.13
124
 
U
U
 
S
S
99
 
U
U
 
1
16.67
49
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
2
12.33
82
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
196
-3.19
243
 
U
U
 
221
-48.82
238
 
U
U
 
S
S
47
 
U
U
 
72
0.97
104
 
U
U
 
41
1.82
168
 
U
U
 
3
12.00
28
 
U
U
 
125
0.00
341
 
U
U
 
94
0.65
154
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
180
 
U
U
 
217
-6.14
107
 
U
U
 
210
-4.69
183
 
U
U
 
5
9.24
130
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
6
9.09
96
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
186
-2.48
354
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
24
3.28
189
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
65
1.13
358
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
125
0.00
26
 
U
U
 
S
S
363
 
U
U
 
8
5.80
146
 
U
U
 
125
0.00
167
 
U
U
 
51
1.54
66
 
U
U
 
S
S
185
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
81
0.91
221
 
U
U
 
218
-6.25
45
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
125
0.00
305
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
31
2.50
287
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
271
 
U
U
 
S
S
209
 
U
U
 
53
1.48
547
 
U
U
 
167
-1.53
129
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
198
-3.21
151
 
U
U
 
185
-2.47
237
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
213
-5.36
53
 
U
U
 
169
-1.54
447
 
U
U
 
37
2.15
380
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
U
U
 
S
S
489
 
U
U
 
201
-3.50
303
 
U
U
 
S
S
S
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.87
 
0.81
977,700
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
0.97
 
0.69
11,168,200
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