Trouble in Paradise

Speaking of data produced in Harrisburg, last week was the monthly dump of labor force data for the state.  All bad, right? Let’s go beyond the headline and look at national data to do some simple benchmarking to see how Pennsylvania did compared to other states.  I’ll only pose one question with this which is: other than recent history, how far would you have to go back for Pennsylvania to come out near the top in this metric?  I don’t actually know the answer to that btw… and am too lazy to figure it out right now.

But lets take out the District of Columbia out just for argument’s sake.  In this state data the District of Columbia means the district itself.  So not even the metro region there on the other side of the Appalachians, but just the city proper of roughly 618K people.  Looking just at states the same data looks like this:

Note things not faring well in Hawaii.  Still you think someone in the greater public infosphere might take note that it is Pennsylvania with the fastest growing labor force in the nation.  Maybe too much cognitive dissonance in that to report on it.  If I could do that thing Mr. Spock did with his eyebrow…….

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