Economic and Workforce Development

  • Policy Agenda
    January 1, 2003 - 12:07pm

    Employment and training programs in Pennsylvania and the United States have been criticized for their perceived failure to improve job opportunities for workers or address skill needs of employers. Some observers have called workforce programs a waste of money.

    The report summarized briefly here, commissioned by Governor Schweiker, takes a different view.

  • Briefing Paper
    August 1, 2002 - 12:00am

    A central goal of Pennsylvania economic development programs is to create more good jobs in the Commonwealth. As one gauge of success towards this goal, this report examines the quality of jobs created by low-interest loans distributed through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program, one of the state’s major business subsidy programs.

    Our analysis covers (312 PIDA job creation and job retention projects that received a total of $238.5 million in loans from July 1998 to March 2002. These projects promised to create or retain 19,360 jobs.

  • Research Report
    January 1, 2002 - 2:05pm


    In recent years, the U.S. construction industry has faced a shortage of skilled craft workers. This shortage could grow more severe in the years ahead due to an aging construction workforce, leading to high rates of retirement. Since the late 1980s, the share of Pennsylvania construction industry workers aged 40 and over has risen from just under a third to nearly half.

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