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February 1993

Atlantic and Pacific coasts’ labor markets hit hard in early 1990’s

Mary C. Dzialo, Susan E. Shank, David C. Smith

Downturns in construction and problems in financial institutions, together with cutbacks in defense-related industries, fueled the 1990's recession in the Northeast and the west coast States. This article examines labor market changes in major geographic regions of the U.S. from 1990-92 and compares these developments with those of the 1981-82 recession. The article utilizes newly available seasonally adjusted data on employment status by census region and division.

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