February 13, 2009
In a comparison of 2006 data for the Nation and the country’s largest metropolitan areas, Boston has the highest industry concentration, or location quotient, of employment in private colleges and universities.
The Boston area ranked first, with a location quotient of 3.63. The Boston area location quotient indicates that the concentration of employment in private colleges and universities in the Boston area was approximately three-and-a-half times as great as that of the U.S. as a whole.
No other major metropolitan area came close to matching the Boston area’s concentration of employment in higher education. The major metropolitan area that had the second-highest industry quotient of employment in colleges and universities was Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, with a concentration of about two-and-a-half times that of the nation.
Location quotient analysis is used here to quantify the concentration of employment in the "private colleges and universities" industry at the national, State, and metropolitan area levels. The national location quotient for an industry is always 1.0.
These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. To learn more about higher education employment in the Boston area, see "The Prominence of Colleges and Universities in the Boston Metropolitan Area," (PDF) by Denis M. McSweeney and Walter J. Marshall, Regional Report, BLS Summary 09-01.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Concentration of employment in higher education in metropolitan areas on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/feb/wk2/art05.htm (visited July 01, 2015).
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.