Recent Job Growth in Pennsylvania is Healthier than in Most States

Authors: 
Stephen Herzenberg
Publication Date: 
February 4, 2011

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While every state in today’s high-unemployment U.S. economy needs more jobs, recent job growth in Pennsylvania is healthier than in most other states:

  • Pennsylvania ranks third based on the number of jobs created in 2010.
  • Pennsylvania ranks 12th by job growth percentage over the last year, and 14th measured by percentage job growth since December 2007, when the recession began.
  • Pennsylvania ranks among the top 10 states in job growth compared to working-age population growth in three of the four periods we examine, including in the 16 years since the start of the Ridge Administration.

The updated job-growth rankings in this policy brief encompass job numbers through 2010. The brief analyzes three different measures of job growth, comparing Pennsylvania performance to our six neighboring states, and also presenting Pennsylvania’s ranking among the 50 states.

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