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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