Growing More Family Sustaining Jobs in Philadelphia

Posted by Center City District on November 26, 2019

Published October 24, 2019

After decades of economic contraction, Philadelphia has added jobs for nine straight years, an unbroken growth streak not seen since the boom years of World War II. However, the city has grown a disproportionately larger share of lower wage jobs than the nation and the 25 largest American cities, according to a new report from the Center City District (CCD) and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC).

Philadelphia is growing jobs but they are disproportionately concentrated in lower wage sectors. In a comprehensive look at the employment categories that are expanding in Philadelphia, in the 25 largest American cities, in our surrounding suburbs and nationally, the report finds that since 2009, 60.5% of the jobs created in Philadelphia are in sectors paying $35,000 or less; only 26% are in the $35,000 to $100,000 range, and 13.5% pay $100,000 or more.

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