Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Labor force musings

Just a normalized look at some regional labor force trends over the last decade.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

So we've run out of excess women to join the labor force, right?

Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I am not sure I would use the phrase 'excess women' but yes, the historic trends in female labor force participation in Pittsburgh are a huge part of workforce trends here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

To clarify, by "excess women" I just meant more women not in the labor force than the U.S. average for their age cohort.

As I recall the studies, the big convergence between Pittsburgh and national female labor force participation rates really took off in the 1980s, but then was more or less done by the early 2000s (with a bit of a gap remaining for older cohorts, but it appeared to be a stable gap).

If that recollection is right, my point is the graph in this post showing relative labor force growth since 2003 likely can't be explained (or at least mostly can't be explained) by a continuation of that process, because it had been more or less completed by 2003. Or as I perhaps put it less than diplomatically, by 2003 we had pretty much run out of "excess women" to join the labor force.

Friday, July 12, 2013 7:33:00 AM  

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