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September 1992

The industrial structure of job displacement, 1979-89

Michael Podgursky

During the 1980's, the incidence of job displacement increased markedly in the services and retail trade sectors, in sharp contrast to earlier periods, when manufacturing industries were the primary source of this form of job loss. This article examines changing industrial patterns of job displacement over the decade, with special emphasis on the behavior of levels, shares, and rates of job displacement.

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