Recessionary Loss of Routine Occupations Within and Between Industries

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Recessionary Loss of Routine Occupations Within and Between Industries

April 30, 2013

Abstract

This brief examines how employment in routine and nonroutine jobs changed both within and across industries during the Great Recession. Only a small fraction of the decline in routine jobs can be attributed to declining shares of routine jobs within industries. Most of the decline occurred between industries, because industries with a high share of routine jobs lost more employment than industries with a small share of routine jobs. This implies that workers in routine occupations who lost their jobs during the Great Recession will likely need to develop new skills for a different, nonroutine occupation in a different industry.

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