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Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Public Policy Discussion Paper
Jobs in Springfield, Massachusetts: understanding and remedying the causes of low resident employment rates
Yolanda Kodrzycki
Ana Patricia Muñoz with Lynn Browne
DeAnna Green
Marques Benton
Prabal Chakrabarti
Richard Walker
Bo Zhao
Abstract

As part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's commitment to supporting efforts to revitalize the economy of Springfield, Massachusetts, this paper explores the causes of and potential remedies for the city's low resident employment rates. When compared to the state as a whole and to other midsize New England cities, the share of employed city residents is low, particularly for residents of downtown Springfield and its nearby neighborhoods. By analyzing the availability of jobs across Springfield's various neighborhoods and in nearby towns and cities, this paper's goal is to learn why so few Springfield residents are employed, and thus to identify policy priorities to increase employment. This study finds that solving Springfield's low resident employment rates will require a combination of new job creation, improved informational and physical access to jobs, and strengthening the citizenry's job skills.


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Yolanda Kodrzycki & Ana Patricia Muñoz with Lynn Browne & DeAnna Green & Marques Benton & Prabal Chakrabarti & Richard Walker & Bo Zhao, Jobs in Springfield, Massachusetts: understanding and remedying the causes of low resident employment rates, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Public Policy Discussion Paper 09-11, 2010.
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Keywords: Economic conditions - Massachusetts ; Job creation - Massachusetts ; Unemployment - Massachusetts
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