Economy Update

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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March 1, 2009

Commonwealth Secretary of Policy and Planning Donna Cooper shed some light on how Pennsylvania will invest federal economic recovery funds when she addressed PBPCs Budget Summit.

January 15, 2009

Federal policymakers crafting an economic stimulus package should take a page from recent analyses by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities by focusing the package on aid to hard-hit families and budget-strapped states.

December 4, 2008

More than one-third of small business owners say that rising health care costs will likely cause them to scale back some portion of health insurance benefits for their employees, according to a recent

September 30, 2008

The turmoil in the nation's financial markets this month suggests that the economic slowdown which began late last year is likely to run deeper and last longer than previously anticipated.

June 21, 2008

The bulk of the plan includes permanent tax changes popular with business associations but of little value for most businesses or for the economy.

June 16, 2008

The Senate stimulus plan is unlikely to do much to stimulate Pennsylvania's economy and could do more harm than good.

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