Definitions of ERS/USDA Economic Typology Categories

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Definition of Economic Typology Categories

Manufacturing Dependent
25% or more of average annual labor and proprietor’s earnings derived from manufacturing during 1998-2000

Farming Dependent
15% or more of annual labor and proprietor’s earnings derived from farming during 1998-2000 or 15% or more employed in farm occupations during 2000

Federal/State Gov. Dependent
15% or more of average annual labor and proprietor’s earnings derived from Federal and State government during 1998-2000

Service Dependent
45% or more of average annual labor and proprietor’s earnings derived from services categories during 1998-2000

Nonspecialized
Did not meet the dependence threshold for any one of the above industries

 

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