Invigorating Civic Life


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Trust Magazine Summer 2017

An employee preps a Philadelphia take-out restaurant for the day's business. (© Lexey Swall / GRAIN for The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Philadelphia reaches highest job total in 25 years

The city of Philadelphia added 15,000 jobs in 2016, outperforming the nation as a whole and bringing the total number of jobs in the city to its highest level since 1991, according to the Philadelphia research initiative’s annual “State of the City” report, released in April. The report also showed that the city’s unemployment and poverty rates remained high, at 6.8 percent and 25.8 percent, respectively. And Philadelphia’s population grew for the 10th straight year, though the increase was the smallest of the past decade.