The gas station pictured, by the way, is famous in Washington, DC history – it was one of the former Pride, Inc. gas stations operated by Marion Barry. You can click through to the photograph to read more about it.
In this piece, we’re introduced to the location quotient, and measures in the Washington, DC, economy.
A measure reported in the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the location quotient, compares the concentration of an industry locally to that of the entire national economy. A location quotient of 1 represents an industry with the same shares of jobs, while a location quotient of 0.5 means that the local concentration is half that of the U.S. economy.
The photograph of a gas station alludes to the dearth of jobs in Washington, DC related to automobiles:
- 142 people employed at motor vehicle and parts dealers (lq 0.01)
- 431 people employed at gas stations (lq 0.09)
Many of us continue to live #carfreedc with a steadily increasing percentage of people who use #activetransportation to commute.
And, as the photo shows, we usually walk past the places where the future was born when we do.
The most underrepresented industries in D.C.’s economy – D.C. Policy Center