Administrative services employment in the South has fallen

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Today we present another post in our series exploring the business profiles of the United States regions. In this post, we’ll take a look at the sector-by-sector changes in employment in the South using the United States Census Bureau County Business Patterns data.

The Southern United States is the most populous of the four regions, with a total population of 120 million people in 2012 — more than twice the number of people living the Northeastern states. The map below displays the average payroll by county. The variation is slightly larger than seen in the other three regions.

And what happened to the business profile of the region since 2007? As usual, in order to compare different business sectors, we need to make an adjustment to the 2007 data to take the nationwide trends into account. For example, the food services sector experienced a steady growth throughout the recent years, and we saw why earlier.  However, we don’t want this growth to affect our results so that we can see local trends more clearly.

There is one sector where a particularly large decrease in employment numbers was registered: administrative and support services. It lost more than 85,000 jobs in just five years. Food manufacturing and publishing are among the other sectors that have shown losses, but neither lost more than 20,000 jobs.

On the other hand, several sectors have shown reasonable increases in employment numbers. The largest one, food services, is also predictably placed at the top of the chart with the highest absolute number of new jobs.

Source: the US Census Bureau County Business Patterns data

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About Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Andrey Kamenov is a data scientist working for Advameg Inc. His background includes teaching statistics, stochastic processes and financial mathematics in Moscow State University and working for a hedge fund. His academic interests range from statistical data analysis to optimal stopping theory. Andrey also enjoys his hobbies of photography, reading and powerlifting.

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