The greatest impact on African Americans is and will continue to be in the metropolitan areas. All cities are not seeing the same trend of employment growth or decline outside of the city. Employment outside of the city is actually growing in Dallas and Houston. In cities like Jacksonville and St. Louis, employment opportunity has been declining in both the cores and the outskirts, yet more rapidly on the latter.
Fewer than ten percent of jobs are in Los Angeles, Atlanta, or Miami’s urban cores; however, cities like Austin, New Orleans, and Portland, Oregon have a high amount of urban jobs (Miller, 2015). Some cities, including Portland and St. Louis, have seen recent increases in public transportation fair. This only adds to the struggle for low-income households to rise out of poverty if they live on the outskirts (White, 2015).
Interesting times are ahead for African Americans. As much of the race’s population becomes decentralized by relocating to suburbs and outlying areas, it could present an interesting challenge for employment competitiveness. As many blacks are already in a disadvantageous position economically, progressing may prove to be more difficult in coming years as the market causes the cost of living in the city to rise. Many may at first view the changes in urban areas as positive when in fact they really did not change anything when it comes to the people; because now a group of people will simply be further from the city. Being further away from the economic and government powers can brew some unique challenges for African Americans, particularly those who depend on public transportation to get to work. We will soon see the result in the form of less economic awareness, mobility, and strength.
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