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Oct 16, 2012, 11:32 ET Manufacturing Jobs Growth Differs Sharply Across Post-World War II Presidential Administrations

Manufacturing job growth has varied across presidential administrations since 1948, according to an analysis by the Keystone Research Center (KRC)...


Aug 29, 2012, 12:09 ET Following Lost Decade, Pennsylvanians Earning Less Despite More Productive Economy

 Most middle-class Pennsylvania families have seen their wages and income stagnate since 2000 even though productivity in the economy has...


Sep 02, 2011, 11:42 ET With A Quarter of Pennsylvania Workers Experiencing Underemployment Each Year and Wages Stagnant, a Call for a 'Moral Economy'

Austerity economics driving state and federal policies are increasing joblessness, sparking greater economic inequality and undercutting American...


Jun 21, 2011, 11:13 ET Marcellus Shale Boom Adds Less Than 10,000 Pa. Jobs

Between late 2007 and 2010, the Marcellus Shale boom created fewer than 10,000 new jobs in Pennsylvania, much less than the 48,000 figure reported...


Jun 02, 2011, 14:34 ET Public Health Experts Advise Against Further Privatization of Alcohol Sales

National public health experts are recommending against further privatization of retail alcohol sales based on evidence that privatization would...


May 19, 2011, 15:55 ET April Jobs Report Shows Improvement for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped to 7.5% in April as the state's economy created nearly 24,000 new jobs. The increase after last month's...


May 04, 2011, 14:51 ET Mexican Trade Deficit Costs More Than 26,000 Pennsylvania Jobs Since 1994

More than 26,000 Pennsylvania jobs have been lost or displaced since 1994 as a result of the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico, according to a new...


Apr 07, 2011, 13:10 ET No Accountability in Existing State Program Funneling Tax Credits to Private Schools

Despite receiving roughly a third of a billion dollars in taxpayer funds over the past decade, a state program that funds scholarships for students...


Feb 17, 2011, 12:58 ET Two Years after Recovery Act, Policymakers Fixated on Wrong Deficit

State and federal lawmakers should focus on a deficit of jobs and wages on Main Street America, building on the Recovery Act and other actions that...


Dec 22, 2010, 12:56 ET Seven States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year's Day

Next year, Governor-elect Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania's incoming legislature should do what seven other states will be doing on January 1 —...


Oct 27, 2010, 15:56 ET Pa. Unemployment Would Be in Double Digits Absent Federal Economic Policies

Hundreds of thousands more Pennsylvanians would be out of work today had policymakers chosen to do nothing in the face of the worst economic...


Sep 16, 2010, 13:21 ET Pa.'s Poverty Rate Holds Steady Thanks to Unemployment Comp System

National poverty rates rose significantly in 2009, climbing to 14.3% from 13.2% in 2008, new Census Bureau data show. In Pennsylvania, poverty...


Sep 02, 2010, 13:49 ET Without Federal Policy Action, Unemployment Would be Much Higher Today

Still, more action is needed to close gaping jobs and wage deficits threatening economic recovery, according to think tank's State of Working PA...


Jun 09, 2010, 14:01 ET Pa. Makes Progress Incorporating Smart Growth Policies into Economic Development

 Pennsylvania has made progress in applying smart growth policies toward the distribution of economic development assistance, according to a...


Apr 30, 2010, 10:00 ET New Study: Despite Slightly Better Benefits, Public Employees Earn Less than Private Sector

Employees of state and local government in Pennsylvania earn less than their counterparts in the private sector, the Keystone Research Center...


Mar 24, 2010, 09:42 ET Trade Gap With China Cost Pennsylvania 95,700 Jobs, Keystone Research Center Reports

Since 2001, the U.S. trade deficit with China has increased by 274%, a trend that has eliminated an estimated 95,700 jobs in Pennsylvania, the...


Mar 16, 2010, 12:15 ET New Keystone Research Center Report Finds Pennsylvania Should Strengthen Economic Development Disclosure

While Pennsylvania has made some improvements in the disclosure of economic development spending, more needs to be done to ensure adequate...


Mar 10, 2010, 14:00 ET Keystone Research Center Congratulates General Assembly for Recognizing Workforce Solutions Week

Resolutions Acknowledge Key Role of PA Industry Training Partnerships in Helping Families & Businesses Thrive as Economy Rebounds The...


Feb 17, 2010, 12:12 ET Recovery Act Has Saved Jobs in Pennsylvania

Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law one year ago today, tens of thousands of jobs have been saved across...


Oct 16, 2009, 12:21 ET Pennsylvania Job Loss Rate Slows in 3rd Quarter

The Pennsylvania economy shed 10,300 jobs in September, according to data released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and...


Aug 07, 2009, 16:32 ET Rural PA Hit Hardest by Unemployment

The federal government reported this morning that the national economy shed 247,000 jobs in July and that the unemployment rate was 9.4%....


Jul 09, 2009, 17:20 ET Deep Budget Cuts Will Add to Unemployment Rolls at Wrong Time

A state budget based entirely on cuts will accelerate Pennsylvania's job losses and delay any economic recovery in the state when the recession is...


Apr 08, 2009, 10:23 ET Unionization Substantially Raises Wages of Pennsylvania Service-Sector Workers

Pennsylvania workers, like workers across the nation, have seen their wages stagnate or grow slowly in recent decades. But a report released today...


Mar 20, 2009, 16:46 ET Pa. Jobs Report Takes Turn for the Worse in February

Commonwealth Must Move Aggressively to Maximize Its Share of Available Economic Stimulus Money The following analysis is provided to...


Mar 02, 2009, 14:29 ET Pennsylvania Jobs Report Better Than Expected in January

During First Year of Recession Nearly 1 in 10 Pennsylvania Workers Were Underemployed The following comment is provided to Pennsylvania...