Metro Milwaukee job growth

By Joel Dresang of the Journal Sentinel

Metropolitan Milwaukee was one of only three urban areas nationally to increase its percentage of jobs close to downtown in the last decade, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution.

The study looks at the geographical concentration of jobs in 98 metro areas, finding that 95 experienced what researchers called “job sprawl,” with rising shares of employment drifting farther out from central cities between 1998 and 2006.

In the four-county Milwaukee area, 23% of the jobs were within three miles of downtown in 2006 compared with 22.6% in 1998. The other metro areas that increased their concentration of jobs so close to the urban core were the Chattanooga, Tenn., area and the area around Oxnard, Thousand Oaks and Ventura, Calif.

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