Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Flows of Factory Jobs. (Precis).(Brief Article)

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Flows of Factory Jobs. (Precis).(Brief Article)

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The flows of job creation, destruction, and reallocation are far larger then the net changes that result from them. Scott Schuh and Robert K. Trieste, in the New England Economic Review, both document this general and well-known fact and explore the importance of intra-firm job shifts across regions and employment reallocation within industries in explaining the net changes in regional manufacturing employment.

In general, Schuh and Trieste confirm, manufacturing employment has tended to converge across regions since the beginning of the last century. This has largely been a reflection of sharply declining shares of manufacturing employment in New England and the Middle Atlantic States and rapidly rising shares in the South Atlantic and Pacific States. These changes in the share of employment accounted for by factory jobs have magnified the changes in population distribution from the north and east toward the south and west.

How much of the flow of jobs that underlies this change in the distribution of manufacturing employment is the result of firms shifting employment across regions? …

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