EMPLOYMENT & UNEMPLOYMENT ? Feb 2020 ? Volume 9 / Number 3
The rubber industry is both global and diverse, providing important materials not just for the automotive industry, but also materials that are widely used in consumer products, construction, and other industrial applications. The rubber-producing sector is divided into two types of products: natural rubber and synthetic rubber. Natural rubber is an agricultural good primarily produced in East Asia and accounts for approximately 25 percent of rubber used in industrial production. Synthetic rubber is produced globally and was created in response to the strategic importance of rubber during World War II.
The Northeast is known for its vibrant cities, dense population, and cultural diversity, but what are some of the labor market trends that set this geographical region apart? This Beyond the Numbers article explores trends in a number of measures—job openings, unemployment, hires and separations, quits, layoffs and discharges, and churn and fill rates—that can give us a deeper understanding of business cycles and labor demand in the Northeast and help businesses and workers make better informed decisions. This article reveals ways that data-users can use these estimates to evaluate labor demand and labor turnover at regional and state levels.
In this Beyond the Numbers article, we review the timeline for the development and implementation of new retail technologies in grocery stores. Then, check out the shifts in products and services offered by grocery stores over time. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, the article looks at the trends in employment and hours to show how all of these factors influenced labor productivity in grocery stores. Finally, we step back to see the bigger retail trade picture and view the differences in productivity and compensation.