Although the fertility rates have recuperated after the Great Recession, the extent of recuperation is not significant. This study posits that occupational and industrial characteristics of a county correlate with the recuperation of fertility after the Great Recession. We use the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP) and American Community Survey (ACS) at a county level. This paper illustrates discrepancies in recovery exists across geographic areas. We then examine social and economic characteristics associated with variation in the recuperation of fertility post-recession. Results suggest that the highest recuperation areas tend to have a higher proportion of the labor force working in ‘management’ occupations. Also, a higher proportion of the labor force working in ‘education’ and ‘manufacturing’ industries appears to be associated with stronger recuperation. A higher percentage of the labor force working in ‘retail,’ ‘construction,’ and ‘public service’ industries appears to be associated with weaker recuperation.
Presented in Session 123. Flash Session: Geospatial Analysis in Applied Demography