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Recent Employment Change In The U.S. Census Divisions


  • David J. DOORN


  • Jean A. JACOBSON


From 1982 to 2005 the United States experienced strong economic growth interrupted by two brief recessions; job growth, however, was not evenly distributed throughout the country. By employing dynamic rather than static shift-share decomposition, and by displaying shift-share analysis through graphical techniques based on shift-share components, we highlight varying job growth experience at the census division level through two complete expansions and into the latest upswing. We look at annual differences over the years covered and additively consider longer term performance. Furthermore, we consider industry contribution to area employment growth over these periods at the 1-digit SIC/NAICS Supersector levels.

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  • David J. DOORN & Jean A. JACOBSON, 2008. "Recent Employment Change In The U.S. Census Divisions," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 8(2), pages 5-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:eerese:v:8:y2008:i:8_9

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    1. David J. DOORN & Kyle A. KELLY, 2015. "Employment Change in the U.S. Census Divisions from 2000 through the Great Recession and Current Recovery," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 15(2), pages 5-22.

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    Regional Growth; Industry Employment; Dynamic Shift-Share; Comparative Economic Performance;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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