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  • Research Explores the Industrial Heartland

    The industrial Midwest has long been recognized as a distinct economic region and an important contributor to the US economy. When manufacturing employment began to decline in the 1970s, the region suffered and came to be known disparagingly as the “Rust Belt.” Is the region so different from other manufacturing regions of the United States? If so, how and why? A new study explores these questions and finds some answers. Read More
  • Toledo—Improving Housing Market and Employment Situation

    According to the most recent data, economic growth in the Toledo metro area has been strong during the past year, with the metro area outperforming the state as a whole on a number of indicators. This is partially due to the metro area’s concentration of auto and glass manufacturing, industries that grew more strongly in 2016 than manufacturing as a whole. But that is not the whole story—Toledo also had strong growth in financial activities and professional and business services. The region’s solid employment growth since mid-2014 is also reflected in its housing market, where prices are rising almost as fast as in the nation. Read More
  • Columbus—Local Labor Market Remains Robust

    The labor market in the Columbus metro area continues to be strong. In March, the area’s unemployment rate fell to its second-lowest level (3.9 percent) since the early 2000s. As of third quarter 2016, year-over-year employment in the metro area expanded by 2.2 percent—twice as strong as Ohio’s rate of employment growth during the same period. The issuance of residential building permits improved in 2016 and has been strong through the first three months of 2017, while home prices rose roughly 5 percent in the area in March on a year-over-year basis. Finally, the metro area’s income and GDP growth accelerated in 2015. Read More
  • When It Comes to Lead Poisoning, Prevention Is Key

    Three people working to improve the prevention of lead poisoning in children share successes and challenges they see and what more is needed to protect the human capital of tomorrow. Read More
  • Neighborhood Change in the Fourth Federal Reserve District: A Multivariate Approach

    This special report provides a description of neighborhood change in the four largest cities of the Fourth Federal Reserve District, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1970 to 2010. Read More

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