There are approximately 1.4 million workers residing in the Johnson County laborshed with an estimated 145,714 workers commuting to jobs in Johnson County from other counties. Johnson County has a desirable 3.4% unemployment rate. The workforce is well-educated and working in a variety of industries, with 16% of workers employed in management, business and related occupations.
- Between 2008 and 2018, there was an increase of 99,278 workers residing in the 23-county laborshed.
- Johnson County added 35,078 (11.6%) workers to its labor force between 2008 and 2018, accounting for 35.3% of the total growth of the labor force.
- Johnson County employers attracted workers from all other counties in the laborshed with the largest numbers coming from Jackson County, MO (50,600) and Wyandotte County, KS (24,798).
- Platte County showed the highest share of the 2018 laborshed total, 25.8%, followed by Johnson County with 23.9%, Clay County with 9.6% and Shawnee County with 6.5%.
- Fourteen counties accounted for all growth in the 23-county laborshed, with Johnson County leading the way with 35.3% of the growth.
- Attainment of at least a Bachelor’s degree was highest among residents of Johnson County (54.6%), followed by Douglas County (50.0%) and Platte County (41.5%).
- Johnson County residents are highly educated. In 2017, Johnson County had the highest percentage of high school graduates (95.7%) and college graduates (54.6%) among the counties in the 23-county laborshed.
County Economic Research Institute Inc., The 2019 Johnson County Laborshed 2019