According to the nation’s city officials, the performance of local, regional and state economies have improved over the past year. Despite improvements, cities are still struggling in significant ways, signaling that growth is not keeping pace at a level that is needed for a sustained recovery. Even worse, economic indicators that reflect the condition of cities’ most vulnerable populations have resisted even a modest rebound in the face of broader national recovery.
The National League of Cities annual Local Economic Conditions Survey of city officials gauges the performance of local economic indicators and drivers of local fiscal health. Findings from this year’s survey include: