Why jobs matter to everyone

When we read the study that ranked Syracuse, New York, as No. 1 for concentrated poverty among blacks and Hispanics out of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, the issue resonated with us at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. That's because the report came out in August 2015, only four months after we published a special project called “My Housing Matters.” That project was based on a report by Central New York Fair Housing, a nonprofit that examined the state of housing in Onondaga County (where Syracuse is located) and determined that “where you live determines everything” — educational outcomes, economic opportunity and neighborhood opportunity. For our project back then, we set out to find people affected by these housing issues, and the team focused largely on black residents, who were identified in that report as being particularly affected. Now, we have put faces and voices to the poverty report by Paul Jargowsky, a fellow at The Century Foundation. His report is called “The Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy.” Our special project, “Syracuse Jobs Matter,” offers an opportunity for everyone in our community:
  • To seek knowledge about what has put Syracuse at the top of this list
  • To join community members fighting for the unemployed and underemployed
  • To hold community leaders accountable for policies that affect livelihoods
  • To meet and help our citizens who are struggling to be employed at a decent wage
  • To utilize the resources / job services published on this site if you need guidance
  • To share your story with us if you are unemployed, underemployed or have succeeded in finding a job
We are not advocates for any cause. We are journalists bringing to light a serious issue with serious consequences for our community.