|The Case for Change|
Shawnee County had not been able to keep pace with drawing and retaining a creative, highly skilled workforce or attracting other working age adults to relocate to Shawnee County to replace the retirement age workforce.
Shawnee County’s population increased very minimally while surrounding counties annual population increased substantially.
As a result of our annual earnings per job growth rate ranking less than the U.S. rate of growth, our relative standard of living, and thus our prosperity, declines.
2006 EARNINGS PER JOB AND JOB CONCENTRATION
* In 2006, the Kansas average income per farm was $18,330 (Source: 2008 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Kansas Field Office, 2008 Kansas Farm Facts Publication). This revision to farm earnings since the draft increased total Shawnee County Average Earning Per Job by $141. The director of the Kansas Field Office believes this is a more accurate estimate of farmer's income in Shawnee County than the USBEA data. These farm earnings include full-time farmers and many part-time farmers.
 Source: US Department of Commerce, US Bureau of Economic Analysis Note; Transportation and Warehousing, Utilities, and Forestry, Fishing, etc. is a combination of three job sectors. The data was suppressed for these three individual sectors.