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August 2006, Vol. 129, No.8
Worker mobility before and after Hurricane Katrina
Richard L. Clayton
Chief, Administrative Statistics and Labor Turnover Division, Office of Employment
and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
James R. Spletzer
Supervisory Economist, Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A substantial number of workers were displaced from the New Orleans metropolitan statistical area after Hurricane Katrina. Those who quickly found jobs in Texas experienced a substantial decline in their short-term earnings. This article studies the labor market effects of Hurricane Katrina using wage records from Louisiana and Texas, enhanced with data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. It studies the normal level of worker mobility between the New Orleans area and Texas, and contrasts this with the level of worker location change in the months immediately following Hurricane Katrina.
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