02/23/2010 - Nearly two out of three Philadelphians cite a lack of job opportunities in their neighborhoods as a “very serious” concern, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts poll released on Tuesday.
Of the 1,602 city residents polled, 49 percent said someone in their household had been unemployed and looking for work in the past 12 months. While a smaller percentage agree the city is headed in the right direction than a year ago, there’s substantially more confidence than in April 2009, reported the study, which was commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative and conducted by Abt SRBI Public Affairs working with Rutgers University Professor Cliff Zukin.
“This generally positive outlook is somewhat surprising, considering how hard Philadelphians have been hit by the economy, especially when it comes to jobs,” Larry Eichel, project director of the Philadelphia Research Initiative, said.
Read the full article Pew Poll Finds Surprisingly Positive Outlook in Philadelphia Despite Job Worries on the Philadelphia Business Journal's Web site.