Chart: RI workers not that productive despite high urbanizationApril 12th, 2012 at 9:51 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Via Matt Yglesias, here’s a chart from Credit Suisse [pdf] showing the link between urbanization and worker productivity across the 50 states. ”The most important resource we have in the vast majority of the country is the other people who live here, so we benefit from urban agglomeration,” Yglesias writes.
Yet the chart shows Rhode Island is getting less out of this than most states. The only state with a more urban, less productive work force than Rhode Island is Nevada, which is also the only state with an unemployment rate higher than Rhode Island’s (12.3% versus 11% in February). Take a look: