Jobs in Springfield, Massachusetts: Understanding and Remedying the Causes of Low Resident Employment Rates

47 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2010

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Yolanda K. Kodrzycki

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Research Department

Ana Patricia Munoz

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Lynn Elaine Browne

affiliation not provided to SSRN

DeAnna Green

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marques Benton

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Prabal Chakrabarti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Richard C. Walker

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Bo Zhao

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Date Written: February 8, 2010

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.

JEL Classification: J21, R11

Suggested Citation

Kodrzycki, Yolanda K. and Munoz, Ana Patricia and Browne, Lynn Elaine and Green, DeAnna and Benton, Marques and Chakrabarti, Prabal and Walker, Richard C. and Zhao, Bo, Jobs in Springfield, Massachusetts: Understanding and Remedying the Causes of Low Resident Employment Rates (February 8, 2010). FRB of Boston Public Policy Discussion Paper No. 09-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1559964 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1559964

Yolanda K. Kodrzycki (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Research Department ( email )

600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
United States
617-973-3809 (Phone)

Ana Patricia Munoz

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )

600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Lynn Elaine Browne

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

DeAnna Green

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Marques Benton

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )

600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Prabal Chakrabarti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Richard C. Walker

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )

600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
United States

Bo Zhao

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )

600 Atlantic Avenue
T-10
Boston, MA 02210
United States
617-973-3061 (Phone)
617-619-8357 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/bozhao/

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