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Report Outlines Decline in Jobs Near Metropolitan Areas

Brookings Institution
 

A new report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution documents decreasing access to jobs in metropolitan centers. The Growing Distance between People and Jobs in Metropolitan America analyzes trends from 2000 to 2012 in the number of jobs within a typical commuting distance from 96 metropolitan areas. The report finds that, on average, jobs near suburban residents fell by 7%, while jobs near city residents fell by 3%. These decreases disproportionately affected poor and minority residents, including drops in access as populations moved to the suburbs and declining numbers of jobs in high-poverty and majority-minority neighborhoods.

The trends hold true in Connecticut, with different areas of the state experiencing harsher declines. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford area experienced an 8.8% total decline from 2000-2012, with city residents experiencing a 10.8% decline and suburban residents experiencing an 8.0% decline. New Haven-Milford saw larger drops, with city residents experiencing a 17.0% decline and suburban residents experiencing an 8.0% decline, for a total decline of 10.4%. Meanwhile, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area did not see large changes, with a total change of -0.4%. In all three metropolitan areas, neighborhoods with poor and minority residents experienced larger decreases in nearby jobs, especially in suburban areas.

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