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  • The Opioid Epidemic and the Labor Force

    Most of the recent increase in overdose deaths can be attributed to opioids. Is the epidemic big enough to be affecting employment rates or labor market participation? This study looks at trends in overdose deaths and drug use to assess that question. Read More
  • Research Explores the Industrial Heartland

    The industrial Midwest has long been recognized as a distinct economic region and an important contributor to the US economy. When manufacturing employment began to decline in the 1970s, the region suffered and came to be known disparagingly as the “Rust Belt.” Is the region so different from other manufacturing regions of the United States? If so, how and why? A new study explores these questions and finds some answers. Read More
  • Lexington—Continued Economic Growth

    The Lexington metropolitan area continues to exhibit signs of economic growth across various performance metrics. Most notably, recent figures for unemployment, real GDP per capita, income per capita, consumer debt, and credit card delinquency rates are near prerecession levels. Read More
  • Pittsburgh—Employment Continues to Trend Sideways

    Employment has remained relatively flat in the Pittsburgh metro area throughout the five-year period from 2012 through 2016. In 2016, the metro area’s employment fell slightly, with every major industry category experiencing less employment growth in Pittsburgh than in the nation as a whole. Read More
  • When It Comes to Lead Poisoning, Prevention Is Key

    Three people working to improve the prevention of lead poisoning in children share successes and challenges they see and what more is needed to protect the human capital of tomorrow. Read More

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