This article aims to explore the nature of employment dynamics in industrial territories in France from 2015 to 2020. Two complementary methods of investigation are deployed. The first rests upon the Markov chain model to analyse the relative growth of industrial areas and measure movements in the distribution of employment rates. The second, more recent, tests the hypothesis of convergence in clubs and completes the previous one by specifying and identifying each territory subject to mobility within the distribution. The results highlight the heterogeneity of growth processes, show the existence of several clubs of industry territories evolving at different rates and conclude the absence of an industry trap. They plead in favour of implementing policies to support the economy at the territorial level.
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