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ERIC Number: ED284999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Market Areas for the United States.
Tolbert, Charles M., II; Killian, Molly Sizer
This research report identifies labor market areas (LMAs) that can be used for statistical and planning purposes in research on rural America. It details the process by which the 382 LMAs were delineated, using commuting-to-work data from the 1980 Census. A rationale for identifying LMAs appears first. The next part describes the research procedures used. Factors influencing the selection of a source of commuting data are discussed. Sections that follow explain preliminary data processing and how the data were analyzed with a statistical algorithm known as hierarchical cluster analysis. Procedures used to interpret the cluster analysis results and delineate LMAs are then detailed. The final part presents some preliminary aggregate statistics to help introduce researchers to LMAs. They include their size, location, and a few of their social and economic characteristics. Appendixes, which amount to over one-half of the report, include labor market areas, codes, population, and labor force size; alphabetical listing of counties and codes; and maps of western, southern, north central, and northeastern labor market areas with LMA codes. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.