Allison Plyer, Elaine Ortiz, and Kathy Pettit
Released: January 15, 2010
More low–wage workers commute into Orleans Parish for work, than commute out. But of all metro area parishes, Jefferson has the largest net inflow of low-wage workers. Nearly 22,000 low–wage workers commute into Jefferson Parish for work — hundreds from as far away as St. John the Baptist Parish.
The Census Bureau and the State of Louisiana have teamed up to publish Local Employment Dynamics data — a robust new set of data on commuter patterns. By combining job location data (reported to the state by employers for unemployment insurance purposes) with worker residence data (from federal data sets such as IRS, Social Security, etc.) this new data set indicates where folks live compared to where they work — by low, moderate and high–wage levels.
In this brief, we explore where jobs of various wage levels are located and commuter patterns across the New Orleans metropolitan area. Specifically, we look at: