DMRyan wrote:I don't have anything that would refute this number, but I'm skeptical. How could the workforce population go up by nearly 10,000 during the recession years when we know heads were rolling at our big financial companies?
That doesn't contradict the fact that there is a huge downtown workforce for this size of metro, and that the concentration of employees downtown vs. the rest of the metro is one of the strongest around. This number just sounds a little too rosy, even if you gerrymander the boundaries of what's considered downtown.
DMRyan wrote:Here's a quick internet search of downtown workforce populations for the city's you mentioned. Obviously, there will be variables galore in size of what is considered downtown, when the last estimate was, etc. Perhaps new Census data has this information somewhat available by zip code?
Little Rock: 42,000
Madison: 35,000 (seems low when the university is taken into account)
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