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New England Economic Review
New England as the twenty-first century approaches: no time for complacency
Patricia M. Flynn
Ross J. Gittell
Norman H. Sedgley
Abstract

New England has undergone significant change in its employment and labor force over the past three decades. Employment in the region has shifted from manufacturing into services at a faster rate than it has in the United States as a whole. Within manufacturing the trend has been away from nondurable goods into high value-added, high-tech industries. In this transition, both income and productivity have increased more rapidly in the region than in the nation. ; Recent trends in population, labor force, and college degrees awarded pose threats to New England's long-term prosperity, however. Growth in the region's high-tech sector has lagged the nation's in recent years. Slow labor force growth has contributed to low unemployment rates, but it has also limited the pool of available workers. The region has also lost share in producing college graduates. The authors highlight both the opportunities and the challenges facing the region as the twenty-first century approaches.


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Patricia M. Flynn & Ross J. Gittell & Norman H. Sedgley, "New England as the twenty-first century approaches: no time for complacency" , Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Economic Review, issue Nov, pages 41-53, 1999.
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Keywords: Labor market ; Employment (Economic theory) ; New England
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