Working & The Economy

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

BY: and - October 4, 2021

Progressives have called for Senate action on the social programs bill before taking a vote in the House on traditional infrastructure.

Pa. hit liquor sales record in 2020-21 fiscal year | The Numbers Racket

BY: - October 4, 2021

The record sales and revenue reported by the PLCB are , in almost all comparisons, a rebound from the 2019-20 fiscal year, which saw state-run liquor sales slump statewide as the stores closed for a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pa. DMVA administers service-connected blindness pension | Five for the Weekend

BY: - October 2, 2021

October is Blindness Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, a condition affecting many Pennsylvanians, including veterans.

Philly Council resolution supports workers alleging hair discrimination

BY: - October 2, 2021

The measure by Councilmember Cherelle Parker backs local federal security officers

Advocates, elected officials call on UPMC to raise wages and improve community outreach

BY: - September 30, 2021

'At UPMC, Black workers, particularly Black women workers, are concentrated in the hospital jobs that pay their lowest wages,' one activist said

COMMENTARY

When baseball is like economics: A wealth tax is a home run | Marty Marks

BY: - September 28, 2021

People who benefit more from the system reasonably can be expected to pay more for the advantages the system begets.

COMMENTARY

More Americans couldn’t get enough to eat in 2020. The middle class was hit hardest | Opinion

BY: - September 27, 2021

Food insufficiency rates rose across the board, researchers who analyzed government data found. But food banks did help.

Alle.Co. Port Authority nabs $216M COVID grant; will use money to recover from pandemic losses

BY: - September 26, 2021

'Public transit is vitally important to our region’s recovery from this global pandemic,' a spokesperson said.

COMMENTARY

Utilities need to think differently to avoid long power outages after disasters | Opinion

BY: - September 26, 2021

Building even more power poles and transmission lines won’t avert outages when major disasters strike.

COMMENTARY

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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]