Economic and Workforce Development

  • Research Report
    December 1, 2003 - 2:00pm

    Every year, to create or retain jobs, the state of Pennsylvania gives out roughly $200 million in grants and loans to businesses. To date, the Commonwealth distributes this substantial sum without demanding systematic information and accountability regarding any of its benefits – in terms of jobs actually created (not simply promised), the quality of those jobs, limits on total assistance per job, the proximity of jobs to the people who need them, and whether new businesses fill in vacant lots in older communities or lead to further development of Pennsylvania’s open space.

  • 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.

  • Press Release
    December 18, 2002 - 3:42pm

    Harrisburg – According to a new report, Pennsylvania is not living up to its potential for economic development. Despite having a strong development capacity, Pennsylvania continues to have mediocre performance on a variety of economic outcomes – earnings, equity, quality of life, and employment.

  • Press Release
    November 20, 2002 - 3:41pm

    Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ – Joint union-management apprenticeships are more effective than non-union training programs in delivering the critical skills construction employers need according to a new study released today by the Capital Area Labor-Management Committee (CALM) and conducted by the Keystone Research Center.

  • Press Release
    September 19, 2002 - 3:39pm

    Harrisburg -- The 1990s boom slowed the widening of economic disparities in Pennsylvania in all respects except one – the gap between Pennsylvania’s cities and affluent suburbs, according to the Keystone Research Center’s annual labor-day report on the condition of Pennsylvania’s middle-class.

    Statewide, 18 of 22 Pennsylvania cities lost population in the 1990s, with Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre, Chester, and Johnstown each losing 10-15 percent of their population.

  • Press Release
    August 8, 2002 - 3:37pm

    Harrisburg, August 8 -- A new study of one of Pennsylvania’s largest economic development programs estimates that 39 percent of its recent subsidies went to companies that created low-quality jobs.

  • 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

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    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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