Economic Success Snapshot

Improving Job Access

As employment patterns shift, the prosperity of our suburban towns increasingly depends upon the growing number of good jobs located within the City of New Haven. Nearly half, 47 percent percent of the jobs above a living wage ($40,000 per year) in the region are located in the city. 

Job access nonetheless remains a top concern within many city neighborhoods, where the underemployment rate, which includes part-time workers who would prefer to work full time, reaches above 20%.

New Haven residents are far more likely to have low-wage jobs outside the city than within it, highlighting the issues of transportation and housing access. The unemployment rate among Greater New Haven Residents without a car is 21%.

See these and other indicators in The Community Progress Report: Measuring the Wellbeing of Greater New Haven.

What the Community Foundation is Doing

The Community Foundation supports both regional economic development efforts and individual economic self-sufficiency such as: workforce training, affordable housing development, financial literacy and transportation. The Community Foundation also supports collaboration for long-term change.
More than $1 million in grants have supported the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT). Opened in 2012, ConnCAT provides job training and placement services to under- and unemployed adults in the medical coding, phlebotomy, and culinary fields.

2016 Grant Recipients Include: 
  • Beulah Land Development Corp.
  • Emerge Connecticut
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
  • Public Allies Connecticut


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