Neighborhood Workforce Drill Downs


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute has prepared easy- to-use, free downloads of 2000 Census data on workers residing in each U.S. census tract. Researchers, business developers, public officials, and neighborhood organizations can use these tables to examine the characteristics of the resident workforce for any combination of tracts. These drill downs can be used together with the same set of tables for place-of-work drill downs to assess spatial and skill mismatches between resident workers and jobs in and out of their neighborhood.

Each table profiles jobs held by employed residents who live in the census tracts, regardless of whether the residents work in this neighborhood or elsewhere.


ETI Neighborhood Workforce Drill Downs for Census Tracts
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Ten tables are provided for each census tract or combinations of tracts.

  • Table 1: Workers by Industry by Ethnic Origin
  • Table 2: Worker Earnings by Ethnic Origin
  • Table 3: Occupations by Ethnic Origin
  • Table 4: Class of Worker by Ethnic Origin
  • Table 5: Worker Earnings by Age
  • Table 6: Poverty Status by Means of Transportation to Work
  • Table 7: Worker Earnings by Industry
  • Table 8: Occupations by Sex
  • Table 9: Hours Worked per Week
  • Table 10: Means of Transportation to Work by Industry

The reports offer a first-time examination of the Census Transportation Planning Package (CTPP 2000) place-of-work data from the perspective of central city neighborhoods seeking greater business and employment opportunities for their residents. For a description of the methodology and definitions used, see the Business and Diversity Methodology Page. Unless otherwise noted in the methodology, employment status is shown for persons 16 years and older who worked full-time or part-time during in the "reference week" (typically, the week ending on April 1, 2000). For those who worked at two or more jobs, the data refer to the job at which the person worked the most hours.

ETI Drill Down Tool Kit Reports Are Available Free for All U.S. Census Tracts

The following drill down reports are available to aid local communities and business development:

  • Business Place-of-Work Drill Downs detail the characteristics of employees working in each neighborhood by type of employer, industry, earnings, occupations, and means of transportation to work for all census tracts in the U.S.

  • Employer Diversity Drill Downs identify the race/Hispanic origin of the workforce employed in each U.S. census tract by industry, occupation, and type of employer. Tables also show the earnings of workers employed in each neighborhood by race/ethnicity and by age, and the poverty status of workers by means of transportation to work.

  • Neighborhood Workforce Drill Downs detail jobs held by employed residents who live in each census tract by industry, earnings, occupations, and ethnic origin. Tables also show worker earnings by race/Hispanic origin and by age, and the poverty status of workers by means of transportation to work.

  • Purchasing Power Profiles show the retail potential for 16 different types of consumer expenditures for all census tracts and residential ZIP codes in the U.S. For the 100 largest metro areas, each ZIP code is ranked on spending per square mile for each retail category.

  • Urban Markets Retail Sales Leakage/Surplus Drill Downs show the difference between the purchasing power of residents in urban census tracts compared to the retail sales estimated to result from retail employees in the tract. Free estimates of each neighborhood's retail sales "leakage" or "surplus" are provided for all census tracts in the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S.

  • The ETI Drill Down Tool Kit also includes a Methodology Page describing data sources and definitions.

To Find Census Tracts in Your Community

You can locate the census tract for a specific address at the U.S. Census Bureau Factfinder Advanced Geography Search page using the GEOGRAPHY "address search" or "map" option.

For maps of census tracts in any community, go to the www.census.gov/geo/www/maps/descriptwindows/outline.htm. Click on "Census Tract Outline Maps 2000." Select your state, then county. Then select the PDF file for your county or select the first PDF file to locate the tracts for your part of the county.


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