Skip to comments.Amid uneven metropolitan growth, city of Memphis sees ranks of employed dropping
Posted on 04/08/2012 7:40:10 AM PDT by SmithL
The latest labor stats offer better news for the Memphis area than for Memphis.
The number of people employed -- 563,640 -- in the eight-county Memphis metropolitan area is a 3.2 percent increase over February 2011 when 545,880 were working.
But among Memphis residents, the number employed fell by 7,890, or 3 percent, from 270,000 to 262,110.
Those numbers show that while local employment is on the rebound since the most recent recession, the growth is not evenly distributed across the metro area.
The disparity, a local economist said, may result from a continued migration of people and wealth from Memphis to the suburbs.
The Memphis MSA comprises Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, Crittenden, DeSoto, Tunica, Tate and Marshall counties. The labor workforce estimates are provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
"I think these numbers fit with the outmigration of the population," said University of Memphis economist John Gnuschke.
"Many jobs follow the population because they are retail or service. Others follow their employees, like FedEx," he said.
"The schools issue and the wedge that is being driven between the city and the suburbs is just one step toward a localized competition for jobs and economic development," Gnuschke said.
"Border wars are well known, and this may be a reduced form of the battle for economic opportunities," he said.
The latest tracking involving census and Bureau of Labor figures shows that the vast majority of suburban residents continue to count on Memphis employers for their paychecks.
Among Arlington residents who work, for example, 71.3 percent do so in Memphis. The second-ranked city of employment for Arlington residents is Bartlett, where 4.8 percent are employed.
Among Bartlett residents, 70 percent work in Memphis compared to 9 percent who work in Bartlett.
Of Collierville residents, 62.3 percent work in Memphis; 14.4 percent work in Collierville.
Among Germantown residents, 70.6 percent work in Memphis and 7 percent in Germantown.
For Lakeland residents, 70.5 percent are employed in Memphis and 7.9 percent work in Bartlett.
Last week, The Commercial Appeal reported that more people moved out of than into Shelby County from 2005 through 2009.
While the county's population grew from births, 41,641 residents moved away while 35,018 newcomers moved to the county.
Shelby County residents moved 176,000 times during the period, but 76 percent of the relocations remained within Shelby County.
Of the moves made outside the county, DeSoto received 4,206 transfers, Tipton 1,591, Fayette 1,581, Davidson 1,334 and Crittenden 1,103.
“Uneven metropolitan growth” is code for “we need more Section 8 housing because we haven’t destroyed all the neighborhoods yet.”
Impossible! Every outlet of the MSM is crowing about the # of jobs created last month. They're positively giddy about Soetoro's reelection, it's just about in the bag. Heck, last week I heard how high gas prices are a GOOD thing because people are rushing out to buy fuel efficient cars with all this new found wealth.
Happy Daze are Here Again.
Memphis proper is black populated and black run
Politics is only part of it.
The rings are the opposite.
My hometown 190 miles down I-55 is the same
Maybe worse actually
Then a few or so exits later, we hit Knoxville and that seemed just the opposite. I think I could live in Knoxville.
OMG! Has anyone actually ever BEEN to Memphis and driven around the “neighborhoods” inside the city proper? You can call the code, talk to the family and start the funeral proceedings, because this old feller has succumbed to his cancer.
Urban wastelands are best avoided. Live somewhere surrounded by water...because “they” can’t swim.
Back in the 50's when I was a kid, that same part of Memphis was 70% white and 30% black. And Memphis was voted the cleanest city, the quietest city, and the safest city of its size in the country.
80 staff members and only a $3 Million dollar contracted research result? I'd bet this is just one Obama Grant to provide 'academic' backup to Obama's re-election effort.
Before I retired, I had 30 people doing research that resulted in $7+ million each year.
Gives a whole new meaning to the lyric “Walking in Memphis, with my feet ten feet off of Beale.”
Several points: One, people move out for a reason. Two, the growth is from births. Wanna’ guess “who” is causing “who” to move and “who” is having babies?
In the town where I grew up the population never changed. Everytime some girl got pregnant, some guy left town.
The CITY OF MEMPHIS sees a drop?? My God,apart from the oil sands of the Dakotas the whole damn country is seeing a drop.
I hear ya.Last January I visited Detroit for the first time in decades.What I saw there came close to rivaling anything I've seen in Africa,Asia or South America (and I've seen a lot).
I’m in Germantown. They don’t call Memphis ‘Mogadishu on the Mississippi’ for nothing.