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These articles provide an in-depth look at regional and national economic trends that matter to the Fifth District. Updates will be published several times a month.

October 18, 2017

A Tale of Three Cities: Richmond, Charlotte, and Baltimore

The Fifth District economy – like the U.S. economy – is increasingly driven by urban areas. How can we start to understand the existence, growth, and decline of cities in the context of Richmond, Va., Charlotte, N.C., and Baltimore, Md.?

October 3, 2017

The Hispanic Population in the Fifth District: Growing and Working

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which started on Sept. 15 and continues through Oct. 15, is a time to celebrate the culture, history, and accomplishments of American citizens who trace their ancestors to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The Hispanic population in the Fifth District is significant and is growing, but a look at labor market indicators provides some insight on the disparity in outcomes for the Hispanic population relative to the population overall.

August 24, 2017

The Opioid Epidemic

States in the Fifth Federal Reserve District struggle with the opioid epidemic that continues to plague the nation. In fact, one state in the Fifth District—West Virginia—has some of the highest rates of drug use and opioid overdose deaths in the country.

July 28, 2017

Business Dynamics in the Fifth District

The dynamics of firm creation and exit are an important engine of economic growth. Researchers have noted that there has been a slowing in business dynamics in the United States in recent decades. Is the same true for the Fifth District and our jurisdictions?

July 7, 2017

A Sectoral Look of Real Gross Domestic Product by State

Which industries in the Fifth District contributed the most to real GDP in 2016? How does that compare to employment by industry and which industries generate the most output per worker?

Joseph Mengedoth

June 2, 2017

What a Shrinking Federal Government Could Mean for the Fifth District

The Fifth District has a disproportionately high share of federal government employment and contract dollars, and could be more heavily affected by reductions than other comparable areas. 

Michael Stanley

May 9, 2017

Why It Matters: Counting the Unauthorized Immigrant Population

It is generally stated, but somewhat disputed, that around 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently reside in the United States. Why is it important to know more about the size and characteristics of the unauthorized population? And what role should different levels of governments play in enforcing immigration laws?

April 14, 2017

The Outdoor Recreation Economy in the Fifth District

Getting outdoors is healthy for individuals, and it is also healthy for the nation and the Fifth District. How large is the economic impact and who measures it?

Lauren Schutjer

March 22, 2017

Ties That Bind: The Carolinas in an Integrated Global Economy

While increased global integration required painful adjustments for some workers and communities as well as companies and even entire industries, there have also been significant benefits to this global interconnectedness, including in the Carolinas.

March 3, 2017

Building Momentum: Garrett County, Md., Economy on the Upswing

After the severity of the Great Recession, how has the Garrett County economy progressed? How has the labor market improved? Has business activity stabilized?

Contact Us

Joseph Mengedoth
(804) 697-2860

Sonya Ravindranath Waddell
Director of Regional Economics
(804) 697-2694