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Slotsve, George A.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Economics


This research examines the recovery of the employment rate in non-metropolitan Illinois and the Midwest after the Great Recession. Data from the 2010 U.S. Census as well as the Bureau of Labor Statistics was used to compile labor statistics as well as socioeconomic data for use in a linear regression model estimating change in employment. My hypothesis was that smaller, non-metropolitan areas of the country observed less growth in the employment change rate than larger areas. Though this hypothesis was not confirmed, other factors related to race and education appeared to play a role in the employment change rate. This model, which uses county-level data, may prove useful in future theories related to the rural or urban status of an economy.


15 pages




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