More Pennsylvania Jobs Being Created
Posted on July 30, 2008
Despite the failing economy and possible national recession, the state of Pennsylvania is holding onto its bearings and taking measures to create new Pennsylvania jobs.
In June 2008, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, the state’s job count rose by 800 employees, while the state’s unemployment rate remained at 5.2 percent. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate increased to 5.5 percent and the country lost more jobs.
“The fact that Pennsylvania continues to show job growth during such economically challenging times is good news for our workers and businesses,” said Governor Edward G. Rendell. “In the past three months, we’ve added 6,800 new jobs to our employer’s payrolls while the nation has lost 191,000 jobs. This is a clear indicator that our efforts to revitalize and strengthen our economy are paying off.”
In order to maintain strong in an uncertain economy, Rendell said, Pennsylvania will have to continue to provide economic opportunities. The state’s recently approved 2008-2009 budget includes major new investments in energy, education and infrastructure, all of which will provide new job opportunities.
The budget includes energy independent strategies that will invest $665.9 million in alternative energy. Of that, $237.5 million will go to consumers to lower energy costs, and $428.4 million will be used to create jobs and expand the state’s alternative energy sector.
The state also recently created the Rebuild Pennsylvania program, which includes $350 million in bonds for bridge products as part of the state transportation improvement program.