DYNAMICS OF SMALL AREA LABOR SUPPLY: A CASE STUDY

DEMOGRAPHIC AND LABOR FORCE DATA WERE EXAMINED TO DETERMINE TOTAL LABOR SUPPLY IN LOCAL AREAS. TRENDS AND RECENT EXPERIENCES OF EMPLOYERS IN THE AREA WERE EXAMINED. THE IMPORTANCE IS INDICATED OF EVALUATING EMPLOYER EXPERIENCE IN RECRUITING WORKERS. ACCOUNT WAS ALSO TAKEN OF DYNAMIC CHANGES IN LABOR SUPPLY IN SMALL CITY JOB MARKETS; FOR EXAMPLE, THE ABILITY OF AN AREA TO ABSORB GROWTH OF DEMAND FOR LABOR EASILY, THE FLOW OF INMIGRANTS TO THE AREA, AND INCREASING JOB APPLICANTS AT EMPLOYMENT OFFICES AND LOCAL FIRMS. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS HAS A REMARKABLE GROWTH IN MANUFACTURING JOBS DURING 1960-66 WITHOUT MARKEDLY REDUCING ITS COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE IN SURPLUS LABOR SUPPLY. INTERVIEWS WITH THE 28 LARGEST MANUFACTURING EMPLOYERS IN THE AREA, HOWEVER, DOES SUGGEST SOME HISTORICAL LESSENING OF LABOR SUPPLY AND QUALITY, AND INCREASE IN PERSONNEL COSTS. THERE IS LITTLE IN AVAILABLE STATISTICS TO INDICATE THAT THESE CHANGES ARE ANY MORE SEVERE THAN THOSE OCCURRING NATIONALLY; BUT COMMUNITY LEADERS NEED TO BE APPRECIATIVE OF THE GRADUAL QUALITY CHANGES THAT CAN OCCUR IN LABOR SUPPLY CONDITIONS WHILE THE COMPARATIVE SURPLUS MAY REMAIN SUBSTANTIAL. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Publication H-18, 2 PP
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

    Sam M Walton College of Business
    Fayetteville, AR  USA  72701
  • Authors:
    • PETERSON, J M
    • Wright, E
  • Publication Date: 1967-9

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  • Accession Number: 00200741
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1970 12:00AM