unemployment http://wesa.fm en Report: Pittsburgh Region Saw Job Growth Last Year, But Manufacturing Still a Concern http://wesa.fm/post/report-pittsburgh-region-saw-job-growth-last-year-manufacturing-still-concern <p>After seeing no appreciable job growth in the Pittsburgh metro area more than a year ago, the region added 10,700 jobs between June 2013 and June 2014, according to a report from Pittsburgh Today.</p><p>“That’s a 0.9 percent increase, which doesn’t set the world on fire, but Pittsburgh has always been kind of a slow and steady grower,” said Doug Heuck, Pittsburgh Today director. “But it’s good news that we’re back growing jobs again.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32849 at http://wesa.fm Study: PA Job Growth Still 'Sluggish' http://wesa.fm/post/study-pa-job-growth-still-sluggish <p>Pennsylvania ranks 42<sup>nd</sup> among all states in job growth over the last 12 months according to the left-leaning Keystone Research Center.&nbsp; However, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for May was 5.6 percent,which was below the national rate of 6.3 percent, and better than 30 other states.</p><p>Stephen Herzenberg, the center’s executive director, said job growth in the commonwealth has been poor the last few years, but he acknowledged that the private sector created 15,600 jobs in the first four months of this year.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:52:03 +0000 Kevin Gavin 31224 at http://wesa.fm Older Unemployed Get New Opportunities http://wesa.fm/post/older-unemployed-get-new-opportunities <p>According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for persons ages 55 and older has increased steeply since the 2008-09 recession. Many were laid off in favor of younger employees, who are more familiar with new technology, leaving older workers with obstacles to support themselves and their families.</p><p>The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is working to improve the lot of older, lower-income job seekers with the Mature Workers Program, which gives eligible workers on-the-job training for up to four years at local non-profits.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30449 at http://wesa.fm PA Unemployment Down, Employment Up In February http://wesa.fm/post/pa-unemployment-down-employment-february <p>Pennsylvania's unemployment rate continued its rapid drop in February, while employer payrolls inched up and the labor force grew after a 14-month skid.<br /><br />The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.2 percent last month. It was last at that mark in 2008. The national rate was 6.7 percent in February.<br /> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:30:52 +0000 The Associated Press 26251 at http://wesa.fm Congressman Doyle is Optimistic About Renewal of Unemployment Benefits http://wesa.fm/post/congressman-doyle-optimistic-about-renewal-unemployment-benefits <p>Senate negotiators have struck a bipartisan deal that could renew federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. But the question becomes, what will happen when this legislation makes its way to the House?</p><p>US Congressman Mike Doyle has been in the House of Representatives since 1995, he's witnessed the emergence of an increasingly partisan congress and explained why he's hopeful for this legislation.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:19:17 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25983 at http://wesa.fm Congressman Doyle is Optimistic About Renewal of Unemployment Benefits 80,000 Pennsylvanians To Be Affected By Expiration Of Emergency Unemployment Funds http://wesa.fm/post/80000-pennsylvanians-be-affected-expiration-emergency-unemployment-funds <p>Emergency Unemployment Funds, which go to people who’ve been receiving unemployment benefits for more than six months, are set to expire Dec. 28.</p><p>“We estimate that 80,000 Pennsylvanians who are claiming emergency unemployment compensation benefits will lose those benefits as of the end of December this year because the federal government is not continuing that program,” said Sara Goulet, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:05:26 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21538 at http://wesa.fm Lawmakers Take Aim at Bill That Changed the Way Unemployment is Calculated, Paid http://wesa.fm/post/lawmakers-take-aim-bill-changed-way-unemployment-calculated-paid <p>Initially touted as making the state’s Unemployment Compensation Fund solvent, Act 60 was passed in 2012 and implemented at the beginning of 2013. A provision in the Unemployment Compensation Solvency legislation changed the way unemployment compensation is calculated and paid to workers.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20441 at http://wesa.fm Bill Redirects Money from Unemployment Tax to Unemployment Fund Administrative Services http://wesa.fm/post/bill-redirects-money-unemployment-tax-unemployment-fund-administrative-services <p>Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill that is aimed at filling a hole in the unemployment compensation fund left by a cut in federal dollars.</p><p>House Bill 26 will provide the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry funding from the employee UC tax.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12611 at http://wesa.fm PA Offers Amnesty For Those Who Owe Money To Unemployment Fund http://wesa.fm/post/pa-offers-amnesty-those-who-owe-money-unemployment-fund <p>For the first time ever, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will be offering amnesty for individuals or businesses who owe money to the unemployment compensation fund.</p><p>Department spokeswoman Sarah Goulet said currently about $613 million is owed to the fund.</p><p>“It works out to be 130,000 individual claimants who are eligible to participate in amnesty and the over payments that are due there are about $356 million,” she said, “and there’s about 50,000 employers who need to pay into the state’s UC trust fund through UC tax, and they owe $256 million.”</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 15:58:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10545 at http://wesa.fm Sequestration Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits for Thousands in PA http://wesa.fm/post/sequestration-cuts-reduce-unemployment-benefits-thousands-pa <p>Federal sequestration cuts will reduce the unemployment compensation checks of thousands of Pennsylvanians starting in April.<br><br>The roughly 10 percent dip amounts to between $7 and $61, depending on the size of each benefit check.<br><br>Sara Goulet, with the state Department of Labor and Industry, says people who have been on unemployment for more than 26 weeks will have to absorb a reduction.<br> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:17:17 +0000 Mary Wilson 6953 at http://wesa.fm PA Unemployment Numbers Tell Only Half the Story http://wesa.fm/post/pa-unemployment-numbers-tell-only-half-story <div class="field-item even"><p>Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate in January rose to 8.2 percent and is now at its highest point since October 2010 and Democrats in the state are hoping to use the numbers as political&nbsp;fodder.</p><p>The numbers were released Friday afternoon. By Monday morning, Senate Democrats were pointing to the report as all the proof they need to show the Corbett administration’s policies have failed to spur investment and, in turn, job&nbsp;creation.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:40:57 +0000 Mary Wilson 2863 at http://wesa.fm