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These posts examine local, regional and national data that matter to the Fifth District economy and our communities.

May 24, 2024

Historically, most higher education state and local spending has gone to four-year institutions. As community colleges play an increasing role in training workers for high-demand jobs, have funding patterns kept up?

May 3, 2024

Fifth District firms expect a limited impact to their businesses due to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, although the impact varies across industries.

April 30, 2024

Over half of the rural counties that experienced population growth between 2020 and 2023 did so after seeing population declines in the prior decade, and that growth came largely from domestic migration.

April 11, 2024

Following the release of the 2023 Rural-Urban Continuum Codes, many counties in the Fifth District have become more rural. What caused these changes, and how does this affect the way we think about rural?

April 4, 2024

We reexamine the Dallas Fed's analysis to understand if regional manufacturing data published by several Reserve Banks still track leading national economic indicators.

March 26, 2024

Our March business surveys included special questions on return-to-office policies and on-site expectations four years after the pandemic motivated a rapid conversion to remote work for a portion of jobs.

March 11, 2024

This article covers the state-level employment data release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for January, written by the Richmond Fed's team of regional economists.

March 7, 2024

In this post, we examine recent domestic migration trends in Maryland compared to peer states in the Fifth District.

Adam Scavette and Keith Waters

February 28, 2024

The Richmond Fed business survey results suggest that wage growth is slowing, and firms expect a return to pre-COVID-19 levels over the next year.

February 22, 2024

Community colleges offer non-credit workforce training programs that prepare students for high-demand jobs. Data on these programs and their students are limited. The Richmond Fed's Survey of Community College Outcomes aims to bridge the data gap.

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