The Uneven Decline of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Authors: Sungwoong Choi*, SUNY at Buffalo
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Manufacturing, deindustrialization, industrial restructuring
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The deindustrialization of advanced economies began in the second half of the 20th century. The deindustrialization process that was facilitated by technological progress, trade and globalization has entailed regional restructuring and loss of manufacturing employment as a result. As a key source of export and innovation, manufacturing still plays a leading part in providing stable jobs and wages for regional and national economies. In this respect, the recent significant decline in the U.S. manufacturing jobs requires systematic approach to the structural change and in-depth research on its process. This study examines spatial variations of the U.S. manufacturing jobs in the 2000s and associations with regional industrial structure and demographics based on the County Business Pattern and population data from the Census Bureau.

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