Tag Archives: Unemployment

Unemployment Rate Creeps Up in Lehigh Valley, Scranton

We need our elected officials to be focused on jobs, not deficits. Are we allowed to say we’re back in a recession? The Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate crept up in July for the third straight month, with sluggish job growth … More after the jump

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Scranton’s High Unemployment Expected to Persist

The Electric City’s high unemployment rate may be the new normal, according to a recent analysis of labor statistics. While the rest of the state was hit by the economic downturn, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazelton region lost more jobs than others. “The … More after the jump

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PA Unemployment Creeps Upward. Where’s the Recovery?

Pennsylvania has been surviving the recession fairly well, at least when it comes to unemployment. That said, the statewide unemployment rate crept up to 7.6% in June, from 7.4% in May. The numbers mask vast disparities in different regions of … More after the jump

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Corbett: School Districts Should Blame Themselves for Budget

Tonedeaf Tom Corbett says school districts should blame themselves for their budget woes, and surprise!, we think he’s partially right. School districts have been relying on federal stimulus funds to plug budget gaps for the past few years. Now that … More after the jump

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PA Offers Incentives to Cut Hours Rather Than Lay Off Workers

A piece at Third and State surprised me today with the news that PA is offering European-style unemployment benefits. That’s right, even under Governor Corbett we’re becoming a Socialist haven. (Heh.) The update to the unemployment benefits system incentivizes employers … More after the jump

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Legislature Reaches Deal on Unemployment Aid

Harrisburg got its act together at the last possible moment and passed a bill to extend unemployment insurance for the jobless. The bill will extend payments for 45,000 Pennsylvanians, but does not address the longterm solvency problem of the unemployment … More after the jump

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In Levittown, Heartbreak as Cutbacks Hurt Schools

Writing for the NY Times, Michael Sokolove discusses how budget cuts and the economy are decimating Levittown. Worth a read:

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Rep. Perry Calls Unemployment “A Paid Vacation”

When you lose your job, do you think you’re on vacation? Didn’t think so. But Rep. Scott Perry (R, of course) thinks y’all are just sitting around loafing, enjoying the FREE GUBMINT WELFARE.

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ACTION ALERT: Tell State House Not to Cut Unemployment

A Twitter friend alerts us that the PA State House (which may have the worst website ever) is set to consider HB 916, which is the latest right wing attempt to cut unemployment benefits. WE NEED YOUR HELP. Sign this … More after the jump

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