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Regional Spotlight: The State of the States

The U.S. economy has been expanding for seven years ? but don?t tell that to a handful of states that have suffered recessions recently. Paul R. Flora discusses how Philadelphia Fed indexes may aid in the tricky business of identifying recession patterns among the 50 states.
Economic Insights , Volume 1 , Issue 4 , Pages 8-15

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Why Were Pennsylvania’s Initial UI Claims so High?

As initial unemployment insurance (UI) claims exploded across the country early in the COVID-19 crisis, one fact stood out: Pennsylvania’s initial UI claims were exceptionally high. For the week ending March 21, Pennsylvania led all states with 378,908 initial UI claims.
Research Brief

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What's holding back homebuilding?

Homebuilding is typically a casualty of economic downturns, but it is also true that most economic recoveries are built upon a resumption of pounding hammers and buzzing blades. Not so with the recovery from the Great Recession. After new home construction slowed dramatically in the recession, the sector not only failed to lead the overall recovery as usual but significantly lagged it. Even now that overall economic growth and employment have largely resumed growing solidly, homebuilding and construction employment levels remain far below normal in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware as ...
Regional Spotlight , Issue Q2 , Pages 1-5

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Regional Spotlight: Labor Market Disparities

The data show that Black workers are overrepresented in the lowest-paying occupations. Paul Flora examines what big business can do to help a region address this inequality.
Economic Insights , Volume 6 , Issue 2 , Pages 18-23

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Regional Spotlight: Poverty in Philadelphia, and Beyond

The focus on poverty within the city of Philadelphia misses the bigger picture—and the state’s role.
Economic Insights , Volume 6 , Issue 4 , Pages 16-22

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Regions defined and dissected

In 2013, the federal government confirmed what every kid from Waynesboro, PA, had understood 50 years earlier ? that Franklin County was inextricably tied to the Washington?Baltimore region. Forsaking the Phillies and Pirates, Little Leaguers from south-central Pennsylvania traveled instead to watch Frank Robinson in the Orioles? outfield. In the fall, local families jeered the Eagles and Steelers, and cheered as Johnny Unitas led the Baltimore Colts to victories. Good-paying jobs beckoned and TV signals emanated from over the Blue Ridge mountains and inside the dual beltways.
Regional Spotlight , Issue Q4 , Pages 1-7

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Regional spotlight: what's holding back homebuilding?

The construction industry, often the first to resume hiring after an economic downturn, still hasn't recovered from the Great Recession. Paul Flora examines the forces that have held back this sector in our region and around the country.
Business Review , Issue Q2 , Pages 17-21

Journal Article
Regional Spotlight: The State of the States

The U.S. economy has been expanding for seven years ? but don?t tell that to a handful of states that have suffered recessions recently. Paul R. Flora discusses how Philadelphia Fed indexes may aid in the tricky business of identifying recession patterns among the 50 states.
Regional Spotlight , Issue Q4 , Pages 8-15

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Regional Spotlight: Smart Growth for Regions of All Sizes

Pittsburgh?s population has shrunk by 400,000 since 1969, making it the poster child for urban shrinkage. So why is it doing so well? Sometimes, smaller really is better.
Economic Insights , Volume 4 , Issue 2 , Pages 8-14

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Regional spotlight: regions defined and dissected

What defines a metro area? Paul Flora describes how population and commuting patterns shape the tristate area's economic regions.
Business Review , Issue Q4 , Pages 5-11

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