Year in Review: Building Pennsylvania’s Economy for Middle Class Families

By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary

December 12, 2016

In 2016, the Wolf Administration secured commitments for creating and retaining more than 200,000 full-time jobs and the investment of nearly $1.1 billion in Pennsylvania’s economy.

Governor Wolf ensured state government put the focus on growing middle class job opportunities and Pennsylvanians had access to job training. Over the past two years, nearly 100,000 unemployed Pennsylvanians have found new jobs and even more Pennsylvanians are joining the workforce.

Across Pennsylvania, companies are moving and expanding employment to help communities grow:


In Western Pennsylvania, Shell will create 6,000 full-time construction jobs and 600 permanent positions, and setting the stage for future growth that will stimulate the economy with $6 billion in impact and not only in the Western Pennsylvania region, but the commonwealth through downstream economic opportunities and job creation.

Philadelphia Port

Governor Wolf’s investment in the Philadelphia Port will double container capacity, position the Port for future growth, create thousands of jobs, improve efficiency, and increase tax revenues.


Amazon has committed to investing at least $150 million statewide and will create at least 5,000 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. Additionally Amazon has agreed to maintain new and retain its current positions statewide for an additional four years.

Governor Wolf also worked to increase employment opportunities for workers and high school students with disabilities. In early 2016, Pennsylvania finally completed the phase-out of our unfair, double taxation of businesses.


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