District Digest: Transportation Access as a Barrier to Work
Abstract: Lack of a car can be a barrier to employment, particularly for low-income individuals. According to a 2022 survey conducted by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, almost 20 percent of individuals in that state who were able to work but were not currently working cited transportation as a barrier. Many studies have shown that ownership of a car (or a truck or motorcycle) increases the probability of work, especially among welfare recipients. And low-income individuals are the least likely to own a car and therefore must rely on other means of transportation, such as public transportation, ride services, bikes, or walking to get to work.
File format is application/pdf
Description: Journal Article
Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Part of Series: Econ Focus
Publication Date: 2023-12