When discussing economic and workforce development, leaders must think about the geographic distribution of jobs.

As cities continue to sprawl, connecting workers to jobs remains a critical issue that has lacked a substantive conversation. The Fund for Our Economic Future’s  “Geography of Jobs” report raises this important issue and measures its impact in Northeast Ohio.

The major finding of the report are:

  1. Job growth over the past 20 years occurred predominantly in suburbs and areas that were formerly farmland, continuing a long-term trend since the 1950s.
  2. Outward job growth affects all Northeast Ohio residents regardless of where they live.
  3. Outward job growth disproportionately affects residents who need jobs the most, particularly the 200,000 residents living in the region’s economically distressed neighborhoods