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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.

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?

February 24, 2017

Apprenticeships: Are They Worth It?

For the past few years, businesses in the Fifth District have expressed concerns over a growing skills mismatch in the local labor force. As a result, some firms have turned to apprenticeship programs to address their needs. 

Audrey Polk

January 23, 2017

Beige Book - A New Look

On Jan. 18, the Board of Governors released the most recent installment of the Beige Book report. With this report comes a new design. What changes can you expect, and why now?

Joseph Mengedoth

January 13, 2017

Educational Attainment in the Fifth District

This post takes a look at the current state of educational attainment across jurisdictions and highlights some of the information available in new reports published by the Richmond Fed.

Michael Stanley

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