Local Labor Markets

Workers’ earnings depend on the health of the local labor market. Local economic policies can influence demand for workers by offering employers incentives—such as tax relief or customized job training—to hire locally, while education and job training programs can affect a local labor market’s supply of workers, both in quantity and quality.

Upjohn Institute research has examined both the demand and supply sides of local labor markets, with special attention to public policy and its effects on workers by race, income, and skill level.


Well-targeted job creation policies can improve employment rates in distressed communities

February 1, 2021 · Research Highlight
Research finds local employment rates increase three times as much if jobs are targeted at more-distressed local labor markets.

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A New Business Incentives Database

March 1, 2017 · Research

What Works in Economic Development

September 1, 2016 · Research

Benefits vs. Costs of Business Incentives

September 9, 2015 · Research

Fed symposium addresses labor market woes

September 9, 2014 · Research Highlight