Mahoning Valley: Down, but not out, according to Cleveland Fed researchers

Data for the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman Metropolitan Statistical Area (Youngstown MSA) presents a mixed picture, according to Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland economic analyst Kyle Fee and intern Ashley Orr, a student at Youngstown State University.

The researchers note that there are a number of obstacles to overcome in the Youngstown MSA: the region’s industries are undergoing restructuring, employment has yet to recover fully from the recent recessions, the population is declining, and educational attainment is lower than the national average.

However, on the upside, per capita income growth is on par with, and even slightly better than, the nation, and the share of employment in the professional and business services sector -- one of the sectors leading the national recovery – is rising.  The researchers also expect positive growth from the region’s shale industry.

For more info, see The Youngstown-Warren-Boardman Metropolitan Statistical Area.