Workforce Development

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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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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