Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Americans in Poor Areas Want Jobs, But Health Issues Pose Hurdle

  • Koch-funded group studies job seekers in ‘fragile’ communities
  • Shortage of job openings, low pay and child care also factors
Remote Area Medical And Dental Clinic Treats The Uninsured In New York State
Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The tightest labor market in years isn’t pulling in all Americans.

Despite a robust job market that added a greater-than-forecast 200,000 positions in January and has seen many companies struggle to find skilled labor, the unemployment rate is 10 percent in impoverished neighborhoods, compared with the national rate of 4.1 percent, according to a Gallup survey for the Center for Advancing Opportunity.