Employment-to-Population Ratio, 2013
Reasonable targets for Arizona are for the state’s employment-to-population ratio to be within 5 percent of the national average, for the larger metro counties to have a figure within 5 percent of the U.S. metro average, and for the nonmetro counties to have a figure within 5 percent of the nonmetro average.
In 2013, the employment-to-population ratio was 51.2 in Arizona and 57.7 nationally. Of the state’s eight metropolitan counties, the employment-to-population ratio in 2013 was greater than the U.S. metro average only in Coconino; Maricopa County’s figure was close to the average but the figure in each of the other metro counties was far below the norm. In the seven nonmetro counties, the employment-to-population ratio exceeded the U.S. nonmetro average in Greenlee but was considerably below average in the other counties.