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Mayor Lee’s ‘jobs agenda’ made life worse for many San Franciscans

August 14, 2019

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – ecerpt

New study shows that attracting high-skilled tech jobs to cities in the name of creating jobs has a net negative impact on the working-class population

The late Mayor Ed Lee called it the “jobs agenda.” When he took office, the city was coming out of the recession, and he did everything he possibly could to attract new tech companies to San Francisco.

The idea, he said, was to promote employment growth, to get the city’s unemployed people back to work. Not all of them would get high-skilled tech jobs, of course – but as the economist Enrico Moretti insisted, every new tech job created five more jobs in the service economy that would be available to lower-skilled workers…(more)

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