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Economic Development Administration Announces Registry to Connect Industry Clusters Across the County

The U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA), along with the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, today announced the launch of the beta version of the U.S. Cluster Mapping Web site, a new tool that can assist innovators and small business in creating jobs and spurring regional economic growth.

The site, accessible at www.clustermapping.us, provides cluster initiatives and other economic development organizations an opportunity to register in a national database. The registry allows initiatives to showcase their activities and events to a wider public, search for appropriate partners across the nation, and learn from best practice examples of their peers. The site also provides free access to a rich database on the profile and performance of clusters and regional economies.

Individuals who are displaced from their job often face difficulties finding new employment. Since 1984, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has sponsored surveys of displaced workers. These surveys have been conducted biennially in January as a supplement to the Current Population Survey, the nation’s monthly labor force survey. The supplemental survey collects information on the number and characteristics of people age 20 and over who lost or left jobs during the prior 3 years because their plant or company closed or moved, there was insufficient work, or their position or shift was abolished. Information also is gathered about the job they lost and whether they are employed, unemployed, or no longer in the labor force at the time of the survey. This visual essay examines the labor force status of workers displaced between January 2007 and December 2009 (also referred to as the 2007–2009 reference period), and looks at the differences by various characteristics including gender, age, education, industry, occupation, and earnings.

To access the visual essay go to: http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2011/09/art1full.pdf 

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