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|The State of the States
||he following is a brief overview of the major economic events and trends in each southeastern state during the first quarter of 1996:
- Apparel manufacturing employment continues to decline, leading the state's downward movement in overall manufacturing employment.
- Construction employment growth is accelerating, led by auto-related developments in the northern part of the state.
- Tourism is showing considerable signs of health: European visitors are returning to the southern part of the state while Central Florida attractions are expanding their offerings.
- Jacksonville continues its rapid growth with rapid expansion in business services and manufacturing.
- Construction, especially infrastructure construction, is growing rapidly. The growth is particularly strong in Atlanta as the Olympics draws near.
- Manufacturing contracted slightly in the first quarter, after a year of slow but positive growth.
- The state continues to outperform the nation, even though New Orleans is underperforming the U.S. average.
- The energy sector is showing signs of health with demand and rental rates increasing notably for drilling rigs and service ships.
- The business service sector sprang back after a weak period in mid-1995 and now is growing at close to 4 percent, measured year-over-year.
- Manufacturing continues its contraction, with that sector's payroll employment now shrinking by more than 5 percent, measured year-over-year.
Compiled by the regional section of the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
- Tennessee continues its healthy growth rate, with most of the strength coming from the center of the state.
- Continued reports of labor shortages, particularly in entry-level positions, persist. In addition, housing availability is becoming an issue around Nashville.