Weak National Economy Being Felt in PA

The weak national economy is being felt in Pennsylvania as the unemployment rate climbed from 7.8% to 8.2% in August, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry's August jobs report.

As I noted in a media statement, declining public-sector employment is continuing to be a drag on the economy, as private-sector job growth limps along. This chart illustrates just how much public-sector employment has dropped off over the past year.

Job Losses in Public sector Continue to be a Drag on Employment Growth in Pennsylvania

The August report clearly demonstrates the need for a jobs plan to meet the vast challenges our economy faces. On that point, my colleague, Stephen Herzenberg, will be on WITF-TV's Smart Talk at 8 pm tonight discussing that very issue. Tune in if you can, or watch it later online.


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