For those Philadelphians who have jobs, where do they work?
The Center City District released a report today that looks at employment in the city broken down by Council district. The report shows that 190,773 Philadelphians travel to the suburbs for work because the city’s four major areas of employment: Center City, University City, Temple University and the Navy Yard are not “large enough or expanding fast enough.”
Philadelphia’s “dependency on wage and business taxes disproportionately pushes mobile office tenants and entrepreneurs to lower cost suburbs,” according to the report, which adds that Philadelphia does not tax too much, but taxes the wrong things.
Of local tax revenue, 66 percent is from “highly mobile wages and profits.” In comparison to other cities, similar taxes in New York City make-up 34 percent of tax revenue, in Washington, D.C., its 35 percent.
Meanwhile Philadelphia gets 17 percent of municipal tax revenue from real estate, New York City gets 41 percent and Washington, D.C., 36 percent.
So, what needs to happen?
The report notes that there needs to be an increase in the number of private-sector jobs in the four employment hubs as well as in other neighborhoods of the city. About 87 percent of working residents do not work in their communities.
The report also stresses a need to improve public education, community college and job training systems and create a more favorable environment for job creation by changing what is taxed.