Industrial Diversity

Between 1980 and 2000, logistics alone drove extraordinary regional competitiveness in employment compared to U.S. trends.  Since 2000 regional employment gains have flattened.

At the same time, the growth of logistics has accompanied a decrease in the region’s industrial diversity.  Local employment has become nearly twice as concentrated in a narrow set of industries since 1980, putting the region in the precarious position of being tied to the logistics sector’s future, for better or worse.