December 25, 2009

NO SOCIAL PATHOLOGY A RECESSION DOESN'T CURE:

American workforce has lowest mobility rate since WWII (Don Lee, December 25, 2009, LA Times)

One of the hallmarks of the American worker has been mobility -- the speed with which people like Holguin have moved to find opportunities. But the recession of the last two years has produced a profound change, creating conditions that have tethered many people where they are.

Since 2007, the nation's mobility rate has fallen to its lowest level since World War II, says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. His findings are consistent with the Census Bureau's report this week that population growth has slowed sharply in Sun Belt states, while the outflow of residents from California, New York and breadbasket states such as Nebraska and North Dakota has eased.


Posted by Orrin Judd at December 25, 2009 7:31 AM
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