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Atlanta Fed Working Papers


The Ups and Downs of Jobs in Georgia: What Can We Learn about Employment Dynamics from State Administrative Data?

Julie L. Hotchkiss, M. Melinda Pitts, and John C. Robertson
Working Paper 2003-38
December 2003

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This paper demonstrates how state administrative data (from Georgia) can be used to decompose net employment growth in order to track establishment births, deaths, contractions, and expansions over time. Even though net employment growth can look quite similar across industries, the composition of that employment change can look quite different. The panel nature of the data allow the authors to see that overall lack of expansion and continued contraction among large establishments were the driving forces behind the weak employment growth immediately following the 2001 recession.

JEL classification: E24, J6, C35

Key words: job creation, job destruction, ES202, employment flows, jobless recovery


The views expressed here are the authors’ and not necessarily those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta or the Federal Reserve System. Any remaining errors are the authors’ responsibility.

Please address questions regarding content to Julie L. Hotchkiss, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1000 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309-4470, 404-498-8198, julie.l.hotchkiss@atl.frb.org, M. Melinda Pitts, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1000 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309-4470, 404-498-7009, melinda.pitts@atl.frb.org, or John C. Robertson, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1000 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309-4470, 404-498-8782, john.c.robertson@atl.frb.org.

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