August Job Numbers: Weak National Economy Being Felt in Pa.

Date of Press Release: 
September 15, 2011

Read a Full Policy Brief on August Jobs Report

HARRISBURG, PA (September 15, 2011) — Keystone Research Center Labor Economist Mark Price issued the following statement on the August Pennsylvania jobs report:

“The weakening national economy is being felt in Pennsylvania as the unemployment rate climbs to 8.2 percent. Declining public-sector employment continues to be a drag on the economy, as private-sector job growth limps along. On a positive note, manufacturing was one of the healthiest sectors in the last month and over the past year. Still, the August report demonstrates the dire need for a jobs plan to meet the vast challenges our economy faces.”

Contact: Mark Price, Labor Economist, 717-255-7158 or 717-440-2360,