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Suburb or city, you may live in a job disadvantaged neighborhood

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/03/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland produced this interactive map that shows how accessible jobs are from your neighborhood.

Double click on the map to zoom in to your neighborhood to see its job access. (Click the home icon to return to the large map)

The bottom line

In its A Long Ride to Work: Job Access and Public Transportation in Northeast Ohio report, the Fed found:

  • Jobs moved away from population centers for the past 20 years, continuing a trend started in the 1950s.
  • Residents with only a high school diploma—the largest share of the region's workforce—have the lowest levels of job access.
  • Measuring job access by a 90-minute or shorter transit ride, these individuals are able to reach just 28 percent of jobs in the region on average.
  • Compare that to workers with at least a bachelor's degree, who can access around 35 percent of jobs in the same transit commute time.

The Fed report comes on the heels of a similar analysis, The Geography of Jobs, conducted by The Fund for Our Economic Future. The Fund noticed:

  • Outward job growth affects all Northeast Ohio residents regardless of where they live.
  • It disproportionately affects the 200,000 residents living in economically distressed neighborhoods.
  • Commuters by transit in Northeast Ohio spend almost two hours more per day to get to the nearest job hub, versus those who commute by car.

What to do about it?

The Fund alerted its members in an email this week that it is working with Policy Bridge to meet with officials who can address the job access gap in Northeast Ohio. Their goal is to develop a concrete strategy and policy recommendations.

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