The majority of nonmetropolitan workers are now employed in the service sector. At issue is whether service industries can provide nonmetro workers with the jobs needed to replace manufacturing and natural resource employment. This research focuses on the wage and occupational structure of nonmetro business and professional services in Illinois to assess the potential of these services to provide high wage employment for nonmetro workers. The results indicate that employment in business and professional services (SIC codes 73,87 and 89) expanded rapidly from 1980 to 1990 in nonmetro counties of Illinois. However, wages in business and professional services are significantly lower in nonmetropolitan locations than in urban ones. The findings also indicate that the nonmetro business and professional service sector is dominated by low paying sales, clerical, and blue collar occupations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Great Lakes Geographer|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1997|