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Mapping the Growing Gap Between Job Seekers and Employers

Mapping job openings with available employees in major U.S. cities reveals a striking spatial mismatch, according to a new Urban Institute report.
Not everyone can be a super-commuter.
Not everyone can be a super-commuter.Jae C. Hong/AP

Good news: America’s cities have plenty of jobs. Bad news: Many of the people who want them don’t live anywhere nearby.

A new analysis by the Urban Institute explores this concerning spatial mismatch, drawing on evidence from tens of thousands of job postings and job seekers in 16 of the country’s largest metropolises. The data represents roughly 13 percent of all new hires, based on economic indicators from the U.S. Census Bureau. It comes from Snag, the country’s largest online marketplace for hourly, often minimum-wage employment: Think restaurant, retail, and customer-service gigs.