I am hoping to have a shapefile for commuting zones (CZ) for the year 1990 to use in ArcGIS.

Where can I obtain this data?

USDA ERS provides commuting zones and labor market areas for 1990, but it is not in the format of a shapefile. Is there data that follows similar information as their excel file in the shapefile format?

  • more information is necessary. commuting zones...of what geographic area? is this a specific dataset from a specific source? urls?
    – albert
    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:50
  • Of the entire US from the BLS most likely
    – Matthew
    Jan 27, 2019 at 3:07
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    again, more information please. and you should add it to your question so everyone can see. assume you mean us bureau of labor statistics. not aware of their commuting zone geo dataset. am aware of usda ers commuting zone geo dataset. clarification in your question would be really helpful.
    – albert
    Jan 27, 2019 at 4:15
  • This is an international forum. If you make your question understandable for a world wide audience it's probably much better. USDA, well OK, but ERS? We shouldn't have to go look that up. Please read this
    – user4293
    Jan 28, 2019 at 15:26

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The Health Inequality Project has Commuting Zone Boundaries (1990 Definition) that look extremely similar to the USDA ERS LMA for 1990. LMA (Labor Market Area) were used prior to Commuting Zones in 2000.

USDA ERS Labor Market Areas for the United States, 1990

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