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Author:Wilkerson, Chad R. 

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Getting crude to market: central U.S. oil transportation challenges

Main Street Economist , Issue 1 , Pages 1-7

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Trends in rural manufacturing

Main Street Economist , Issue Dec

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Update on Kansas and Missouri economies: Spotlight on Joplin, Missouri

The Missouri and Kansas economies expanded during the fall of 2012. Employment growth in Missouri has accelerated since the summer, while job growth slowed in Kansas but remained positive. The unemployment rate fell in both states, and residential real estate continued to rebound in both Kansas and Missouri. Farmland values grew, but agricultural conditions overall began to show effects from the drought.
Midwest Economist , Issue Q IV

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How high tech is the Tenth District?

Newspapers in the Tenth Federal Reserve District generally keep a close eye on where their cities rank in national studies of high-tech activity. Readers have good reason to be interested in how ?high tech? their communities are, despite the recent downturn in the sector. High-tech workers are among the best paid of all workers and, if these recent studies are correct, an area?s failure to embrace the ?New Economy? could result in a lower standard of living and fewer opportunities for residents down the road. But studies of high-tech cities, which are usually produced by think tanks, trade ...
Economic Review , Volume 87 , Issue Q II , Pages 1-27

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Kansas and Missouri economies

The Missouri and Kansas economies expanded during the fourth quarter of 2012. Employment grew solidly in both Missouri and Kansas, and the pace of growth increased in Missouri. The unemployment rate continued to fall in both states, and was down significantly for the year. Residential real estate conditions were strong and farmland values grew in the fourth quarter, but drought conditions continued to affect farmers.
Midwest Economist , Issue Q I

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Oklahoma’s economy

The pace of economic growth in Oklahoma has slowed slightly from a year ago. The Oklahoma City metro area continues to lead job growth in the state. Tulsa continues to lag the rest of the state and nation in job recovery, although considerable progress has been made since the depth of the recession. Employment in nonmetro areas is back to pre-recession levels, but with variation across the state.
Oklahoma Economist , Issue Q II

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What do expected changes in U.S. job structure mean for states and workers in the Tenth District?

Public interest in the future structure of the U.S. labor market has been understandably high in recent years, for several reasons. Some types of manufacturing and service jobs are going offshore. The recovery in employment from the 2001 recession has been sluggish. And the quality of job creation has been called into question. Against this backdrop, policymakers, businesses, workers, and students in the Tenth Federal Reserve District are asking difficult questions about the future of jobs in their area. Will local industries increase or decrease employment in the years ahead? What types of ...
Economic Review , Volume 90 , Issue Q II , Pages 59-93

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Will tightness in Tenth District labor markets result in economic slowdown?

Labor markets in the Tenth District are tighter now than at any time in recent memory. The steady fall of unemployment rates in recent years has led many analysts to wonder if future economic growth in the region could be restricted by labor shortages. The district's labor market is actually even tighter than suggested by its unemployment rate of less than 4 percent in 1998 due to the presence of two other significant, but often overlooked, factors: high labor force participation rates and slowing domestic migration flows.> The labor force participation rate, meaning roughly the percentage of ...
Economic Review , Volume 83 , Issue Q IV , Pages 67-80

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Recession and recovery across the nation: lessons from history

The U.S. economy officially fell into recession in December 2007, but the timing of the downturn varied widely across regions of the country. In some regions, employment began to erode much earlier in 2007, while in other regions economic activity stayed strong well into the second half of 2008. Do regions typically vary this much in the timing and circumstances of their recessions? If so, perhaps past experience can also shed light on whether some regions can be expected to rebound earlier or stronger than others from this recession. ; To explore these possibilities, Wilkerson looks at job ...
Economic Review , Volume 94 , Issue Q II , Pages 5-24

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Is rural America facing a home price bust?

Main Street Economist , Issue 6