The impact of industrial structure on changes in unemployment in GB travel to work areas 1989-92
The impact of industrial structure on changes in unemployment has been hard to establish conclusively. This article examines this issue, for GB travel to work areas, for the period from December 1989 to December 1992 and concentrates in particular on the potential role of public and semi public sector employment in dampening the impact of recession in areas where such employment is relatively important. It is concluded that industrial structure was of some importance in the changes in unemployment over this time. A high percentage of employment in public and semi-public agencies did mitigate the impact of recession; other important explanatory variables included dummies to discriminate between north, central and southern regions, and changes in house prices.