Economy Update

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National Unemployment Rate 6.7%
Pennsylvania Unemployment Rae 6.2%
Change in Pa. Unemployment Rate since Dec. 2007 +1.7
Total Pennsylvania Nonfarm Jobs 5,766.000

The Great Recession and the slow economic recovery that followed have hit Pennsylvania families hard. Unemployment in the commonwealth remains high, and many people are struggling to make ends meet. In February, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stood at 6.2%, one-half of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.7%.

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October 4, 2013

The state’s delegation to the U.S. House should make jobs and the economy their first priority and pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government before lasting damage is done.

September 11, 2013

There are immediate offsetting economic benefits for an employer like McDonalds taking a high road approach on wages. Experience shows that employers get back a substantial portion of a wage increase in the form of higher worker productivity and savings from lower staff turnover.

September 11, 2013

In the years since 2010, public policy has reversed course as both federal and Pennsylvania policymakers have taken steps that have weakened job growth and slowed the pace of the decline in unemployment.

September 6, 2013

The nation's unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3% in August and non-farm payrolls expanded by 169,000 jobs over the month, according to a report today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

September 5, 2013

A key reason that hotels and restaurants make up such a large share of job growth in Pennsylvania is precisely because unemployment here remains high.

August 22, 2013

Keystone Research CenterThe best way for Pennsylvania to grow its economy is by investing in a well-educated workforce, according to a new study from the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN).

April 10, 2013

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is a driving force behind state budget and tax policies that benefit the wealthy and corporations at the expense of public investments. Get resources from PBPC's webinar on how ALEC is selling snake oil to the states with its tax and budget policies.

December 26, 2012

Keystone Research CenterThe minimum wage will increase in 10 states on Jan. 1, modestly boosting the incomes of nearly 1 million low-paid workers in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

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