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Migration and Occupational Change

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Shifting economic conditions often lead to occupational and geographical mobility. As the share of total employment devoted to manufacturing in the U.S. has declined, so too has the share of the population living in areas where reliance on manufacturing is—or was—high. Reviewing the 1990s, we find that the states that experienced population loss as a result of out-migration were concentrated in the Northeast, primarily in the traditional Rust Belt states. The West and Southeast regions posted the nation’s largest population gains.

Suggested citation: "Migration and Occupational Change," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 00-01, pp. 13-14, 01.01.2000.

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