More intervention needed: Upjohn researchers assess federal job-creation efforts in Brookings piece

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In a post for the Brookings Institution, the Upjohn Institute’s Tim Bartik, Kathleen Bolter and Kyle Huisman dive into recent job growth data to assess whether federal investments are effectively creating jobs where they are most needed—in distressed communities.

They share findings from a new report, “Place Distress and Job Growth: Are Recent Job Growth Trends Significantly More Favorable for Distressed Counties?” showing that job growth in distressed counties has accelerated in recent years but the gains are unlikely to close the employment gap without more intervention.

Read the post: "Early data shows positive job growth in distressed US counties as new federal policies take effect" at Brookings Metro.

The full report has more details.

Date: May 9, 2024