Crafting policy that strikes an effective balance between supporting economic growth and expanding equity of opportunity is critical for moving Philadelphia forward. It requires an understanding not only of where the economy is growing, but where growth supports family-sustaining jobs that provide long-term career pathways.
To this end, as the City of Philadelphia embarked on the development of its citywide workforce strategy “Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine,” it turned to the Economy League for targeted research and data analysis to inform decision-making. The Economy League analyzed labor market data for seven target industry sectors in the city and metro area to assess scale, historical and projected job growth, wages, and education and skill requirements across sectors. Our analysis, summarized below, provides detailed insight into local sector dynamics and workforce opportunities that helped shape the goals and recommendations included in “Fueling Philadelphia’s Talent Engine.”