In Philly, food insecurity expected to worsen as coronavirus pandemic drags on

BY: - July 24, 2020

Kim Parker stood in line outside the Gideon Edward School under the hot summer sun waiting for boxes of free food on Thursday.

Even with reopening, Pa. unemployment claims jumped last week, federal data shows

BY: - May 28, 2020

Even as segments of the state's economy slowly reopen, Pennsylvania still saw a spike in jobless claims last week, newly released federal data show.


Report: Pa.’s unemployment picture is bad – but could have been far worse | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 15, 2020

The Keystone State had the 3rd smallest increase in unemployment nationwide last week, according to an updated analysis by WalletHub.

Lawmakers voice concern over unemployment compensation claims backlog

BY: - April 20, 2020

Constituent complaints, Mullery said in a statement, are why he wrote to House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox, R-Berks, asking for a virtual hearing with state Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak. 

March unemployment data shows COVID-19 impact in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 20, 2020

The department’s data noted March numbers don’t show the entire picture since COVID-related closures did not affect the week from March 8 - 14. 


COVID-19 in Pa.: At a time of crisis, protecting workers is All-American | Opinion

BY: - April 16, 2020

All American workers deserve paid maternity and paternity leave, paid sick and vacation leave, and guaranteed access to affordable healthcare.


These states had the biggest COVID-19 unemployment spikes. This is where Pa. fell | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 8, 2020

In the aftermath of the 3.3 million people who have filed claims, one expert said workers will have to get used to a new uncertainty in the job market.


The wrong kind of blue wave | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - April 4, 2020

Unemployment claims in Pennsylvania have surged to historic levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening to overwhelm the state.

1 million and counting? Pennsylvanians flood state with unemployment claims

BY: - April 3, 2020

As of Friday, 1,017,101 workers — about 15 percent of Pennsylvania’s labor force — are now seeking the state’s jobless benefits

Expert: No sector of Pa. economy left untouched by COVID-19 downturn

BY: - March 30, 2020

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry reported last week that 650,000 people applied for unemployment between March 15 and March 25. Overall, Pennsylvania represents about 11.5 percent of all U.S. jobless claims filed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 in Pa.: As businesses close, 650,000 Pennsylvanians applied for unemployment benefits

BY: - March 26, 2020

Almost 650,000 Pennsylvanians applied for unemployment since Sunday, March 15. There are 6.55 million Pennsylvanians in the labor force.

Unemployment phone staff cut in half amid COVID-19 crunch

BY: - March 19, 2020

Normally, between 90 to 130 state employees answer phone calls, Deputy Secretary for Unemployment Compensation Bill Trusky said.