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Toward a more prosperous Springfield : a look at the barriers to employment from the perspective of residents and supporting organizations

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  • DeAnna Green with Marques Benton
  • Lynn E. Browne
  • Prabal Chakrabarti
  • Yolanda Kodrzycki
  • Ana Patricia Muñoz
  • Richard Walker
  • Bo Zhao

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Compared to the city, the region, and the state, labor force participation rates in Springfield's downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are very low. Residents and community leaders have expressed concerns about the employment prospects for the low-income residents that make up these neighborhoods. The purpose of this discussion paper is to highlight the perspectives of residents and community-based organizations on why so few residents of Springfield’s downtown neighborhoods are employed and to look at the some of the resources available to Springfield residents to help them address barriers to employment.

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  • DeAnna Green with Marques Benton & Lynn E. Browne & Prabal Chakrabarti & Yolanda Kodrzycki & Ana Patricia Muñoz & Richard Walker & Bo Zhao, 2010. "Toward a more prosperous Springfield : a look at the barriers to employment from the perspective of residents and supporting organizations," Public and Community Affairs Discussion Papers 2010-1, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbpc:2010-1
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    Economic conditions - Massachusetts ; Job creation - Massachusetts ; Unemployment - Massachusetts;

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