Kern-Bakersfield #2 for Easy Job Commute Distance

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Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents. An analysis of private-sector employment and demographic data by Brookings at the census tract level reveals that Kern”s Bakersfield MSA has the second highest rate of job increases within a typical commute distance for the average worker.

While the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents of the nation’s 96 largest metro areas fell by seven percent between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs in Kern”s Bakersfield MSA increased significantly by casino pa natet 22.7%.

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Source: Brookings Institution analysis of 2000 and 2012 ZIP Business Patterns data


 

According to Brookings, data shows regional economic development officials should not only make overall job growth a goal, they also should consider where these jobs are going. Tailored housing or transportation strategies may be necessary to reduce geographic barriers to employment within their metropolitan areas.

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*Proximity is measured as the average number of typical metro area commute distance, weighted by census tract population. Source: Brookings Institution analysis of 2000 and 2012 ZIP Business Patterns data

Download full report here: Brookings- Job Commute Distance 2015.

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