Last week’s Daily News Rethinking Philadelphia package did a great job of detailing the link between unemployment and crime and what needs to be done to help solve both problems in the city.
Check out today’s Metro for more on the issue of Philadelphia’s job market and its ill-prepared workforce. According to the experts and statistics, the city is one of the least-educated in the country, with a tax structure hated by business. Those two combined are far from helpful for the next mayor’s task at preparing the city’s residents for work.
Both Bob Brady and Michael Nutter raise the tax issue as something that needs serious fixes in order to improve the city’s employment outlook, while Tom Knox stresses that taxes shouldn’t be issue No. 1.
“My survey tells me that it’s really a lack of a trained and educated workforce,” he said. “We need to build up our workforce.”
He proposes hooking up with Community College of Philadelphia for career training institutes throughout the city.