BLOG: Jobs That Pay: A Look at Pennsylvania’s Jobs Numbers

By: Kathy Manderino, Secretary of Labor & Industry

December 18, 2015

Since his first day as governor, Governor Tom Wolf has made “Jobs that Pay” a top priority in Pennsylvania.

The governor’s 2015-16 budget includes over $100 million in increased funding for those programs at the Department of Community and Economic Development that focus on community revitalization and job creation. Watch Governor Wolf talk about how his budget helps build our workforce.

Governor Wolf’s budget also increases funding for Department of Labor and Industry programs by nearly $11 million. This includes $4 million for increased training initiatives, $5 million to leverage an additional $18.5 million in federal funds for vocational rehabilitation and assistance, and $400,00 to expand services at centers for independent living.

This funding will provide the much-needed support of these programs’ efforts to rebuild Pennsylvania’s hardworking middle class.

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry released its employment situation report for November 2015.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point, to 5.0 percent, in November. Pennsylvania’s rate matched that of the United States. In addition, Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force and resident employment rose in November, while the unemployment count declined. While total nonfarm jobs were down in November, seven of the 11 super-sector industries added jobs since October.

Pennsylvania hit a record high for the total number of jobs in just this October, and these November numbers continue to be encouraging.

In addition, in November, Pennsylvania surpassed our pre-recession high in the labor force employment count, which puts our state in an expansion period.

With the current strength of our workforce as its foundation, Governor Wolf’s budget will continue this positive trend of creating jobs that pay in Pennsylvania.



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