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.


Smart targeting of jobs at distressed places offers cost-effective, lasting effects

August 26, 2019 · Research Highlight
A new paper finds that targeting jobs at distressed places can boost national and state economies.

The STEM Dilemma: Skills that Matter to Regions

December 20, 2017 · Research Highlight

New Hires Quality Index

October 17, 2017 · Research Highlight

All Research

Evaluating Business Development Incentives

January 1, 1999 · Research

Strategies for Economic Development

January 1, 1996 · Research

Urban Amenities and Public Policy

January 1, 1996 · Research

Urban Labor Markets

January 1, 1996 · Research

Urban Labor Markets

January 1, 1995 · Research

Economic Development Strategies

January 1, 1995 · Research