Lawrence has a rep­u­ta­tion for poverty and high unem­ploy­ment, but the truth is more com­pli­cated — at least according to research by Barry Blue­stone, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who’s exam­ined the city for the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

Lawrence has actu­ally been fairly suc­cessful rel­a­tive to other working cities — or Gateway Cities, these older indus­trial cities — in cre­ating jobs,” Blue­stone says.

Between 2001 and 2013 — the latest data Blue­stone offers — the number of jobs in Lawrence increased by 8 percent.

Jobs increased by less than 1 per­cent statewide, over the same 2001–2013 period, according to Bluestone.

So, Lawrence, in a sense, was doing eight times better than the state,” Blue­stone explains. “The problem is that as it was cre­ating many of these jobs, many of them did not go to Lawrence residents.”

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