PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia seems to be moving in the right direction on several key indicators, according to a “State of the City” report released Monday.

First the good news: Philadelphia has gained population, more of its citizens have college degrees and employers added thousands of new jobs last year.

The bad news is: unemployment is still higher than the national average and education levels are still lower than most other big cities.

Those are the conclusions in a report by the Pew Trusts’ “Philadelphia Research Initiative.”

Larry Eichel, project director said, “There’s no question the city is moving in the right direction, but obviously the starting point was not a great one, which means there’s a long way to go to get to levels that people might think are good in and of themselves.”

One surprising finding: even though key indicators show improvement over the past two years, a poll of Philadelphians included in the report showed fewer think the city is moving in the right direction and more think it’s on the wrong track than in previous years.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio 1060

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