New insights and input on Philly jobs
Three organizations this past month produced new information, or asked for input, about Philadelphia's labor market. The Center City District released a study and interactive map analyzing where the city's private-sector jobs are located and where the workers live. The Philadelphia Cultural Alliance released a report finding that culture-sector jobs account for a higher share of the economy in this region than in many others. And the publicly funded Philadelphia Works Inc., which was the subject of our study earlier this year, is asking for comments on its new strategic plan for using millions in federal tax dollars to help prepare Philadelphians for jobs.
Philadelphia among top growing downtowns
Center City Philadelphia has been gaining population for many years. Now, the Census
Bureau has tallied and ranked (PDF) the downtown populations of many cities, with "downtown" defined as the
area within a two-mile radius of a local City Hall. New York City’s Lower Manhattan population around its City Hall grew by
9 percent between 2000 and 2010; Philadelphia’s population in and around Center City rose by 10 percent; Washington’s population around the D.C. government buildings near the White House was up 14 percent; Chicago’s North Loop population rose by 36 percent. How many Philadelphians have lived within two
miles of City Hall? There were 235,529 as of 2010, up
from 214,760 a decade earlier.
Philly311 and IT upgrade begins
More than two years after we documented troubles with the computer technology linking Philly311 and other city agencies, the Nutter administration has put out a request for bids to upgrade the system. No potential cost on Philly311 was disclosed. It's part of a five-year $120 million upgrade to many city systems.
How Philadelphia compares on shelter population
A new report based on the 2010 Census (PDF) looks at the Americans,
209,325 in all, who were in emergency and transitional shelters when the count
was being taken. Philadelphia had 3,750 people in shelters, or about 2.5 of every
1,000 city residents. Among the 10 cities with the largest shelter populations,
Philadelphia’s per capita figure was larger than those for Chicago, Houston and
Los Angeles but smaller—in some cases a lot smaller—than for Atlanta, Boston,
New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington. The Census Bureau stresses that its report is not a count of the homeless population because "there is no standard or agreed
upon definition of what constitutes homelessness."
Young adults better educated, older adults not
Philadelphia has seen a growing percentage of young adults in its population, a promising sign for any city.
Now we can also say that these folks are quite well educated. According to new
numbers from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 37.5 percent of Philadelphians between the ages of 25 and 34 have
bachelor’s degrees or higher. That is 6 percentage points above the national
average for the age group. Among people 35 and over, though, Philadelphia
ranks far behind the national norms in percentages of college graduates.