Workforce Development

American Airlines Canceling 2 Flights Daily At Philadelphia International Airport Due To Staffing Shortages

If you have summer travel plans booked with American Airlines, you better check with the airline before heading to the airport. American is canceling hundreds of flights because of staffing shortages. “I think it feels like freedom a little bit to get out of the house and to go away like we used to,” said …

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Editorial: Chamber of Commerce pledge ‘Rise to the Challenge’ deserves support

No one was planning for a pandemic when rumblings started in early 2020, but here we are a year and half later trying to understand what happened and where to go next. When it comes to Pennsylvania’s economy, the answers are not as simple as going back to how things were before. Business and political …

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Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry launches second phase of economic initiative

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the state’s largest broad-based business association, recently launched the second phase of its Bringing PA Back economic initiative. Phase one addressed employers’ short-term needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase two will focus on creating a framework that will promote long-term economic growth and opportunity. This will be done …

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Is extra $300 in federal unemployment assistance stopping people from applying for jobs?

With about 56,000 people in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties reporting they are without a job, businesses still find themselves scrambling to fill vacancies. One reason cited for the challenge is the extra $300 a week in federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Assistance that people have collected since the end of December. That supplement is half of …

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How a worker shortage in PA is stalling its recovery, and what jobs are needed most

As COVID-19 restrictions get lifted and Pennsylvania’s economy tries to get back on track, businesses ranging from fast-food restaurants to manufacturing are clamoring to fill job vacancies — and many are saying they are having trouble luring workers. Labor advocates, though, say businesses are not offering workers enough money in a competitive hiring market still under a pandemic cloud, and there remain obstacles …

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Jobs are available, but not many answering the call

Mike Williamson is looking for a few good people. But he isn’t finding them. “Forget qualified candidates. I’m having a hard time even getting applications,” said the operations manager of Solomon’s Seafood in Washington. “The market in our business is super bad. People should be looking for jobs.” In many instances, apparently, they are not. …

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Op-Ed: Fracking ban threatens American jobs and derails our environmental progress

Now the global leader in natural gas and oil production, the U.S. has set the standard for safe, reliable, and affordable energy. America’s energy sector supports more than 10 million jobs across the nation, driving nearly $290 billion of capital investment – all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But unrealistic energy policies and bans on …

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