Tale of two charts

With December data recently out.  More and more workers in Pittsburgh, and another new all-time high in the size of the regional labor force. Bigger observation is that the rate of labor force growth here is not slowing down either. In fact, for December it was the largest year over year increase in the region’s labor force in . . . → Read More: Tale of two charts

Men, migration

Just for the infographic in itself this is worth looking at from the NYT last week: A migration of unmarried men.  Pennsylvania does not seem to show up in those migration stats at all.  It makes me wonder about a lot of things.  Was there some vast untapped labor resource in Pennsylvania for these . . . → Read More: Men, migration

Help still wanted

Some may have read the article today in the PG on women in Pittsburgh’s labor force.   It references a report we did some years ago on gender wage differences in the Pittsburgh region. Note the story today does not mention the third author Susan Hansen as well for the record.   No matter how . . . → Read More: Help still wanted

Beyond the Burgh – Peak Pennsylvania Labor Force as well

I tend to forget the state stuff, but I should have noticed this. Pennsylvania hit a new all-time labor force peak with the September data that came out a couple weeks ago.

Link: Data and chart from BLS.

Specifically the PA labor force is showing over 6.5 million for the first time ever.  Topping . . . → Read More: Beyond the Burgh – Peak Pennsylvania Labor Force as well

Time to Rethink a Myth

Maybe parents might want to consider the effects of pushing their children to get a college education:

Cyndee Marcoux already was stretched thin, thanks to the $80,000 in student loans she racked up after getting divorced and going back to school a decade ago. Her breaking point came in 2010, when her daughter defaulted . . . → Read More: Time to Rethink a Myth

Yunz are cactus now

So this really is a remarkable bit of labor reporting….

The Wall Street Journal has an in depth look at a Pittsburgher who moved to Australia in August in search of well paying employment.   See: American Fills a Jobs Shortage—in the Aussie Outback – An American’s Coveted Gig: Three-Week Shifts at Mining Port in . . . → Read More: Yunz are cactus now

Morning over the Alleghenies

No time to parse, but some might want to see the latest promo piece (too long to be advertisement…  certainly not a documentary so I am not sure what to classify it as) from the MSC folks on all things Natural Gas in Pennsylvania.

If I were to  parse a bit I would start with . . . → Read More: Morning over the Alleghenies

10% or bust

Let’s stick with the state theme for now.  So there is a lot of news today about the state of manufacturing in Pennsylvania.   Seems like some of that might be slightly interested in what we know about past trends.   Here is that trend data in manufacturing employment put in terms of a percentage of total employment.

What do . . . → Read More: 10% or bust

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 . . . → Read More: Trouble in Paradise

To parse

So just to go beyond the headlines a bit looking at some recent news on the state’s unemployment rate for July.  Headline is the unemployment rate ticked up 3/10th’s of a percent which is not good.  Yet at the same time the labor force increased and is just a blip below its all . . . → Read More: To parse