Contrasting Viewpoints on Cincinnati Job Growth

The Brookings Institute recently released a study on job growth in the nations major metropolitan areas. The study found that the recession had generally contributed to the decline in jobs in the periphery of cities, manly exurban areas. However a brief review of the study by several local media outlets has yielded two divergent interpretations of the study. One local newspaper is claiming that the city is experiencing job growth near downtown whereas the other found that the city is one of the most sprawling metros in the state. From the Cincinnati Business Courier:

Cincinnati is one of only four of the nation’s major metropolitan areas that added jobs within three miles of its urban core between 2007 and 2010, according to a study released by the Brookings InstitutionAccording to the report, the share of jobs within 3 miles of downtown Cincinnati increased 1.6 percent between 2007 and 2010.

And from the Cincinnati Enquirer:

More than half of Greater Cincinnati’s jobs are at least 10 miles from the city’s urban core – a “job sprawl” greater than any other metropolitan area in Ohio. Those are the findings published today in a Brookings Institution report that examined the movement of jobs nationwide from traditional central business districts to suburban communities.

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  • anyone have a non-partisan objective approach to weighing the pros and cons of expanding the city limits? Norwood? St. Benard?

    • How does that work? Can the city just start annexing other cities? Do the property owners have to agree to it? How does it work with unincorporated suburban townships?

    • David Thomas

      has to be voter approved by the area looking to be annexed. So voters of St Bernard and others would have to vote to join Cincinnati. Same with townships…the other key is the township has to be bordered by the city.

  • observer

    i will say that anectdotally i think that there has been some movement to the suburbs..we will see how long it can last..the problem for the city is the 2.1% earnings tax..if a small business relocates to one of the townships and its principals live in a township or another area with low or no earnings tax then it can make the tradeoff in commute/convenience worth it..on a $200,000 income you are talking about $4,200 a year so this is not chump change and parking comes into play as well in that many downtown workers have to pay for parking…now, the question remains how long can these twps go without incorporating and then enforcing an earnings tax? i think you will find that if they do then that would be a real boon to the city

  • While manufacturing, distribution, and many low-skill service jobs have a single location in the traditional sense, many jobs aren’t in one place today. If someone asked me the physical location of my work, I wouldn’t know what to say. My job is wherever I am, and I’m not a freelancer or a consultant.