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Health Coverage and Care in the South: A Chartbook

Section 2: The Southern Economy

The southern states play an important role in the national economy, contributing 35 percent of the total U.S. gross domestic product. Work patterns in the South are similar to those in other regions, although Southerners are less likely than those in other regions to be unemployed. Overall, Southerners earn less per capita than individuals in other regions of the U.S. However, income varies significantly by state, and, in four states, per capita earnings are higher than the national average. Earnings also vary widely within states, and several southern states have among the highest levels of income inequality in the country.

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Section 2: The Southern Economy

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Figure 2.1: Economic activity in the South accounts for over a third of the national GDP
Distribution of Gross Domestic Product, by Region and State in the South, 2013
Figure 2.2 The unemployment rate is lower in the South than in any other region
Seasonally-Adjusted Unemployment Rate, by Region, April 2014
Figure 2.3: Selected Employment Characteristics of Nonelderly Workers, 2012
Selected Employment Characteristics of Nonelderly Workers, 2012
Figure 2.4: Distribution of Nonelderly Workers in the South, by Industry, 2011-2012
Distribution of Nonelderly Workers in the South, by Industry, 2011-2012
Figure 2.5: Distribution of Nonelderly Workers by Industry and Region, 2012
Distribution of Nonelderly Workers by Industry and Region, 2012
Figure 2.6: Median Annual Earnings for Workers, by Region, 2012
Median Annual Earnings for Workers, by Region, 2012
Figure 2.7: Median Annual Earnings for Full-Time, Year-Round Workers in the South by Race/Ethnicity and Sex, 2012
Median Annual Earnings for Full-Time, Year-Round Workers in the South by Race/Ethnicity and Sex, 2012
Figure 2.8: Personal Income Per Capita, by Region, 2012
Personal Income Per Capita, by Region, 2012
Figure 2.9: Personal Income Per Capita in the South, by State, 2012
Personal Income Per Capita in the South, by State, 2012
Figure 2.1: Economic activity in the South accounts for over a third of the national GDP
Income Inequality by State, 2012
Section 1: Demographics Section 3: Health Status