Beginning to Assemble Metro Economic Data

Just a quick post. I have begun assembling MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) economic data. The data as well as the scripts used to generate the data are available on GitHub at

My hope is once I compile the data running some analysis on them. It is my belief that the notion of a national economy is flawed in the case of the U.S. It is really the aggregation of a lot of other economies. They each have their unique characteristics.

The data that I have assembled include a measure of worker productivity. It is the BEA’s Real GDP by metro (in chained 2005 dollars) divided by the total employment so you get real output per worker. There is also a measure of high-tech jobs by metro using the latest Occupational Employment Statistics.