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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