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February 1984, Vol. 107, No. 2
Regional variations in employment
and unemployment during 1970-82
National economic events often mask developments at the State and local area level which together make up national changes. The United States is actually composed of many distinct economic regions with their own industrial concentrations. This regional specialization results in unequal growth rates among different areas of the country and explains why regions may be more (or less) susceptible to short-term cyclical fluctuations.
This article focuses on employment and unemployment developments at the subnational level, using data from two Bureau of Labor Statistics' Federal-State cooperative programs. The Local Area Unemployment Statistics' Program (LAUS) provides State and county unemployment rates, and the Current Employment Statistics Program (CES) provides employment estimates by industry and State. The data are analyzed over two periods 1970 to 1980, to provide a background perspectiveand 1979 to 1982, to show recent trends.
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