The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 7, 1985 · Page 8
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Northeast makes gains in population, jobs The Salina Journal Sunday, April 7,1985 Page 8 By The New York Times PHILADELPHIA - Despite earlier forecasts to the contrary, the population losses that plagued the Northeast in the 1970s appear to have been reversed since 1980. Some experts are cautiously interpreting this development, indicated in recent data from two authoritative government sources, as evidence that the Northeast has reached an equilibrium after the shocks and dislocations of the last decade and may have turned the corner in its painful shift from an industrial to a post-industrial economy. New England, some of the experts say, turned that corner earlier. What has made the difference in the Northeast as a whole since 1980, they say, is that the Middle Atlantic subregion, with New York at its heart, has somewhat unexpectedly followed suit. The Middle Atlantic resurgence, these authorities say, reflects in part New York City's largely complete transition from an economy with a strong emphasis on manufacturing to an economy based more solidly on the flow of information, on small business.and retail trade and on the city's traditional position as an international center of finance and creative activity. The Northeast is still losing population to the South and West, as it did in the late 1970s when hundreds of thousands of job-seekers fled the region's shrinking economy for greener pastures elsewhere. But now the migratory streams from the Northeast to the South and West are markedly shallower and narrower than they were five years ago, and the flow in the other direction is a bit wider and deeper. At the same time, birth rates have risen somewhat. As a result, the Middle Atlantic population is growing again and with it that of the Northeast as a whole. However, the region's resumed growth appears uneven. "The turnaround in the Northeast, which I think is a real one, is not uniform," said Samuel Ehrenhalt, the regional commissioner of labor statistics for New York and New Jersey, who is a recognized authority on the subject. For example, he said, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania have been slower to rebound than their neighbors. Nevertheless, according to Ehrenhalt and others whose business it is to track the fortunes of the region, "the writing off of the Northeast was, to say the least, premature." "This doesn't mean that there aren't still problems," said George Sternleib, director of the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University, "and we may not yet quite be the locomotive. But we've moved up from being the caboose." The industrial Middle West is the only region that continues to lose population, according to the latest government figures. The experts say this industrial heartland, historically the region most heavily dependent on manufacturing, is not as far along as the Northeast in the transition to an economy based primarily on services. Between 1970 and 1980, for the first time in history, the Northeast as a whole failed to register any appreciable population growth, rising only from 49.06 million to 49.14 million. Earthquake has Parkfidd's name on it, geological survey warns SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A forecast that a moderately strong earthquake will be centered near \A. tiny ranch town within eight years has been made official after a year of intense review, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Saturday. The California Earthquake Prediction Council was notified last week of "the 90 percent probability" that a quake in the neighborhood of 6.0 on the Richter Scale would strike by 1993 at the town of Parkfield. The town is located close to the San Andreas Fault, USGS public affairs officer Donovan Kelly said. 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