Homelessness, unemployment remain issues for transgender Philadelphians

BY: - November 21, 2021

'Being unstable in housing makes a lot of things unsustainable,' one community member said. 'Like just remaining employable, not knowing where your next meals are coming from, not even knowing if you’re going to have clean clothes for the next day.'

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 […]

States, including Pa., that borrowed from feds to cover unemployment checks now owe interest

BY: - September 7, 2021

Ten states collectively owe the federal government more than $52B, according to the U.S. Treasury.


Pandemic unemployment benefits are ending. Here’s how to get help in Pa. | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - August 31, 2021

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A trio of federal programs that served as a lifeline for the jobless during the pandemic are set to coming to an end. And as they wind down, there are still plenty of places that Pennsylvanians in need can turn to for help, state officials said Monday. The programs: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic […]


Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it | John L. Micek

BY: - August 26, 2021

Good policy choices drive down poverty. And American workers, by now accustomed to the new flexibility of the post-pandemic economy, and the regular flow of stimulus checks, are unlikely to want to backtrack on that.

Pa.’s unemployment rate dropped in July, still above national rate

BY: - August 20, 2021

The state's unemployment rate was down 6.4 percentage points from the same point in July 2020.

Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in June, still above national rate

BY: - July 16, 2021

Dropping for the fourth consecutive month, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in June, down one-tenth of a percentage point from May, according to new state Labor & Industry data..  The new data, which the agency released on Friday, showed that the commonwealth’s unemployment rate was down 6.4 percentage points from June 2020 when […]

Chronic unemployment linked to higher risk of early death, Philadelphia report finds

BY: - July 8, 2021

Unemployment spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for Black, Hispanic and Latinx workers in Philadelphia.

L&I attempting to address new UC system issues, concerns

BY: - June 10, 2021

Just two days after the state Department of Labor & Industry launched its revamped unemployment compensation system that was intended as an upgrade to the outdated, complaint-riddled previous system, state officials say they are still working out the bugs. 

Pa. debuts new unemployment compensation system

BY: - June 8, 2021

Calling the 40-year-old system “archaic,” the department said the new system’s soft launch occurred just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. 


The 300K Pennsylvanians awaiting unemployment deserve payment now | Opinion

BY: - June 7, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf should order the state Department of Labor and Industry to pay benefits now to all those who have been waiting 21 days or longer.


The return of work requirements: The GOP gets its Herbert Hoover on | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 12, 2021

Can we just declare the blue collar charade over, already?