Has Pennsylvania Found the Cure for Unemployment?

pennsylvania unemployment No tax breaks for the rich, and avoid "job-crushing" spending cuts -- that's the secret to creating new jobs and boosting middle-class wages, according to a new policy brief from the Keystone Research Center. Their research finds that such initiatives have already been effective in Pennsylvania.

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Prolonged joblessness and stagnant wages will continue to stifle tax revenues, concludes Keystone, which also notes that, "by closing these deficits, policymakers can rein in the fiscal deficit, while building on the success of the American Recovery Act and other federal policies, which saved 400,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and prevented the state's unemployment rate from rising above 15 percent."

Pennsylvania is emerging from the recession with job growth exceeding that of many other states. In 2010, the Commonwealth added more than 65,000 jobs, ranking third among the 50 states in the number of jobs created. Adjusting for the size of each state's economy, Pennsylvania job growth still exceeded three-fourths of all states.

"Continued investments in infrastructure, boosting skills and innovation in critical industries, and in unemployment benefits are key to keeping our economic momentum going and reining in the job deficit," said Stephen Herzenberg, an economist and executive director of the Keystone Research Center. "A starting point on the wage deficit would be to raise the minimum wage -- an action taken to help end the Great Depression -- and requiring that companies receiving state job-creation subsidies not pay below market-based norms for their industry."

"By acting forcefully when the economy was on the verge of collapse, policymakers applied the historical lessons of the Great Depression," Herzenberg said. He explains that "pulling back now will cost jobs and set the recovery back. Those who forget history, as the saying goes, are doomed to repeat it."


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david

Those who are worth their pay will have a job , those who are not will be let go. Unless you are Union and then it works the opposite.

March 15 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

why did you use a photo of a model of the liberty bell located in front of Union Station in DC?

March 04 2011 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jackie

NOOOOOooooo Debbie! Please stay put. This report is erroneous! PA is what is called a "Right to Work" state - which translated -- is code for all the big Corporate Bailout companies meaning "RIGHT TO FIRE" without notice and without reason.
I am a highly educated, highly-skilled professional who has worked her entire life in various jobs without issue. I've always advanced my skills and education and unfortunately, was "down-sized" when my company left my area and I was unable to relocate.
I took a less-than-desirable job until I could find a more suitable position.
Meantime, I was offered a three-month contract job and after undergoing all sorts of testing, background checks, etc., I was hired.
I kept saying "are you sure"...because I had to QUIT my full-time job to take this contract work (my objective was to take the job to allow me some time to find more overall suitable employment with salary, benefits, etc., something my current job did not offer).

I went for one week of paid training and was one of the few people in the class to pass two tests in the upper 90-percentile (ie: I missed one question). Half the class filed and had to retake the test and some barely passed.
Yet, for NO REASON whatsoever -- and in PA -- they DON'T have to have one (they could just say - we don't like the color of car you drove today -- seriously - that is our state law) -- I was told AFTER I left work and over the weekend that I was not to go back.
WHY?
I GAVE UP a job to take this assignment.
This company was given 25-BILLION (that is not a type -- "B"illion) dollars in a gov't bailout less than two years ago....when I was getting laid-off.

And now -- because PA is "Right to work" (really, "FIRE") - I am - again - unemployed.
So -- this report is erroneous and based on false info.

Please stay in lovely, sunny, warm FL and do NOT come to unethical, immoral PA - and work for the corrupt corporations they harbor.

I have NEVER been fired in all my life. This is shocking to me. I did nothing wrong, except a GOOD job working on a government-mandated project.
The government told this company they need to get certain things done by the beginning of summer.

Well, guess what -- at this rate -- if they keep firing hard-working HONEST, ETHICAL people for NO REASON -- no warning - no explanation - no nothing -- then they will NOT meet their deadline and many thousands of people will be in harm's way (it has to do with protecting people).
I noticed some other people just sort of "disappeared" as the week went on - and I couldn't imagine people voluntarily leaving/quitting a job in this economy - so they likely got the heave-ho, too -- and one of them was a disabled woman who was hard of hearing and had to ask questions more than others.
Now, I think they just discriminated against a DISABLED woman rather than try to accommodate her -- that is PA and "right to work - right to break the law", Corporate bail-out companies who just take our billions and have no remorse or responsibility and our lawmakers who do NOTHING about it.

So again, please stay in beautiful Florida and don't come to PA where you will probably just get fired for no reason and be really screwed.

March 01 2011 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maggie Mae

Remember history...YES. Pennsylvania is doing what the federal government has been attempting to do in spite of Republican resistance. Keep up the excellent work President Obama, hang in there.

February 28 2011 at 9:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Debbie

Well, I guess I need to move to PA! Florida needs to follow their example, and FAST!!

February 23 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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