Working & The Economy


Report finds decline in household income, rise in poverty rate | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 20, 2021

According to the 2021 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, the median household income decreased 2.9 percent from 2019 to 2020. 

Pa. unemployment rate dropped slightly in August

BY: - September 17, 2021

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has decreased for the sixth consecutive month, to 6.4 percent in August, according to state data released Friday. That’s 1.2 percent higher than the national rate of 5.2 percent. Department of Labor & Industry data confirmed that the commonwealth’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percentage points lower than its August 2020 level. The […]


Pa. logs 6.2% decrease in noneducation workers in state, local government | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 17, 2021

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, filling in for John. Let’s dive right in, shall we? While private sector jobs are rebounding from the COVID-19 closures, noneducation employment growth in state and local governments across the country have all but dried up, Pew Charitable Trusts data suggests. Noneducation state and local jobs, including jobs […]

Half of LGBTQ workers have faced job discrimination, new report finds

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Williams Institute study states that over 8 million workers in the U.S. identify as LGBT. The study stipulates that “Employment discrimination and harassment against LGBT people has been documented in a variety of sources and found to negatively impact employees’ health and well-being and to reduce job commitment and satisfaction.”

Report finds 2M Pennsylvanians struggled with food insecurity during the pandemic

BY: - September 15, 2021

In 2020, nearly 1 in 20 Pennsylvanians were “newly food insecure,” meaning they did not have reliable access to adequate, nutritious meals during the pandemic. 

Wolf business waiver program inconsistent and could be gamed, audit finds

BY: - September 14, 2021

The report, however, ruled out any foul play, Auditor General Tim DeFoor's office concluded

How the $3.5T budget bill before Congress helps Pa., other states on agriculture

BY: - September 14, 2021

The bill sets aside $66B for fighting climate change, encouraging research. It passed committee on party lines

As nation grapples with climate disasters, Pa. reps look to resurrect a Depression-era program

BY: - September 13, 2021

If Pa. lawmakers get their way, a Depression-era environmental work relief program may make a revival after a nearly 80-year hiatus

Report: Indigenous women in the U.S. earn 60 cents on the dollar

BY: - September 13, 2021

In 19 of the 32 states with sufficient data, Native women are paid at least $20K less per year than white men.


‘The employee is in the catbird seat’: It’s about time | Opinion

BY: - September 10, 2021

The scales of labor are getting a long-overdue rebalancing It's time for businesses to face this new reality.

Autonomous vehicle start-up Aurora names PGH as site of its corporate HQ

BY: - September 9, 2021

The majority of its 1,600 employees will work in Aurora’s facility in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the company said.


For Black businesses to succeed, we need to ‘Do for Self’ first | Michael Coard

BY: - September 9, 2021

Black Wall Street gave us the road map to self-sufficiency. We need to follow it.