The authors conclude that these findings suggest that the U.S. economy is undergoing structural change: “This shift is characterized by high — and growing — unemployment in working class occupations, whereas the relative position of creative workers improved in the years following the recession.”

The Creative Class and the Crisis – Journalist’s Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center

Empirical study of “creative class” occupational group described by Richard Florida

Key findings: being in the creative class decreases you likelihood of being out of work in a recession, metropolitan areas with a larger creative class have lower unemployment than ones without a large creative class.

Creatives share an ethos that values individuality, creativity, diversity, and merit. Metropolitan areas that attract creatives are places that are “tolerant, diverse, and open to creativity.”

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