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Wolf Administration Officials Visit State Park, Borough Job Sites of Young Workers Employed by the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps

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Barnesville, Schuylkill County, PA – Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other state officials visited two projects underway by the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps at Locust Lake State Park, Schuylkill County, and Clarks Summit Borough, Lackawanna County.

The highly acclaimed Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is a Wolf Administration initiative offering work experience, job training, and educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects on Pennsylvania’s public lands.

The program helps protect and restore natural resources while providing young people with the knowledge to be good stewards of the environment.

“Beginning its third year of operation, the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps certainly is emerging as a ‘win-win’ effort for all involved,” Dunn said. “You young men and women who will accomplish so much here at Locust Lake are indicative of the corps’ spirit and commitment I’ve seen in state parks and forests across the state.”

Dunn joined other participants at the state park event in meeting members of the Hazleton-based youth corps and visiting one of their project sites, where they are rebuilding trails and repairing fencing.

The DCNR group then traveled to Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County, where Wilkes-Barre-based youth corps members are helping the local shade tree commission inventory trees.

Employed across the state in paid positions, corps members have contributed to public lands by undertaking light construction, invasive species management, and the rehabilitation of green space, shorelines, nature trails, and park and forest structures.

Initial roll-out of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps in July 2016 was financed through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Reemployment Fund. The Department of Labor & Industry remains a program co-sponsor.

The corps is based in state park and forest locations in rural and urban areas, particularly those areas close to disadvantaged communities and school districts.

Crews are dispatched within the region, working on public lands with resource and infrastructure project needs.

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps consists of two components: a seven-week, summer program for youth between the ages of 15-18; and a 10-month program for young adults ages 18-25.

Locations were set up across the state to help facilitate participation by youth and young adults in disadvantaged communities. Crew bases include:

  • Altoona
  • Erie
  • Greensburg
  • Harrisburg
  • Hazleton
  • McConnellsburg
  • Meadville
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Reading
  • Renovo
  • Saint Marys
  • Uniontown
  • Wellsboro
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Williamsport
  • York

To oversee the program, DCNR recently appointed Michael D. Piaskowski as manager of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps. Statewide efforts are overseen by the Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization. For more information, visit www.thesca.org.

For more details on the Pennsylvania Outdoors Corps, visit DCNR’s website.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Joins Rite Aid to Launch In-Store Medication Disposal Unit

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Lemoyne, PA – Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith today joined Rite Aid’s President and Chief Operating Officer Kermit Crawford, United States Representative Scott Perry, and State Representative Sheryl Delozier to launch the pharmacy’s first in-store medication disposal unit. Rite Aid’s unit – with a total of 100 planned at stores nationwide – joins the more than 730 prescription drug take-back boxes available in pharmacies, Pennsylvania State Police barracks, and local police and government offices around the commonwealth.

“As the Wolf Administration fights the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, we need strong partnerships between the public and private sectors to maximize response on all fronts,” said Secretary Smith.  “Increasing availability and awareness of take-back boxes makes Pennsylvanians safer, and I thank Rite Aid for their commitment to fighting this crisis.”

Medication disposal units, or take-back boxes, allow people to take an active role in making their homes and communities safer by lowering the risk of prescription drug misuse. More than 52,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been disposed of in 2018. To date, 400,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been safely disposed of at Pennsylvania’s take-back boxes since 2014.

Secretary Smith encouraged Pennsylvanians with unused and unneeded medications to utilize this and other safe disposal units around Pennsylvania.

“Prescription drug misuse is a major catalyst for the heroin and opioid epidemic that we are fighting every day, and too many people with an opioid use disorder obtain medicine from family and friends’ medicine cabinets,” she said. “Disposing of medication is a small step that can make a big difference towards protecting yourself and loved ones. I strongly encourage all Pennsylvanians to look through your medicine cabinets, find old or unneeded medications, and locate a take-back box near you.”

A map of take-back box locations searchable by county and zip code can be found on the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ website.

For more information on the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, visit www.pa.gov/opioids

Education Secretary: State Budget Continues Strong Investments in Students, Job Training

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Harrisburg, PA – State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera today outlined the investments in education championed by Governor Tom Wolf in the 2018-19 budget and over the last four years that are helping Pennsylvania’s students by restoring education funding, increasing enrollment in kindergarten and pre-k, bolstering graduation rates, and training more students for careers.
“Over the past four years, Governor Wolf has fought hard to reinvest in Pennsylvania’s schools,” Rivera said. “With this increased support, students across Pennsylvania are now learning in smaller classes, with more teachers, and from new and innovative programs developed by their schools.”
Rivera noted that in this year’s budget, Governor Wolf secured an additional $100 million in basic education funding, bringing the total increase over four years to more than $538 million that will be distributed using the fair funding formula enacted by the Wolf Administration in 2016. The formula provides for equitable funding for Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts.
Secretary Rivera added that the 2018-19 budget also lays out a plan to re-imagine how the commonwealth provides workforce training, as well as advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
The budget strengthens the state’s investment in workforce development and job training with a $10 million increase for secondary CTE programs and $30 million to launch the governor’s PAsmart initiative. PAsmart is a first-of-its-kind investment to align and strengthen workforce efforts at multiple state agencies by providing $20 for the fast-growing fields of STEM and computer science education and $10 million to expand apprenticeships and job training.
“By connecting business and industry leaders with educators in our classrooms we ensure our students are learning the skills that are in demand by Pennsylvania employers, specifically STEM and computer science professions,” said Rivera. “In today’s job market, it is more critical than ever that students leave high school with strong academic and technical skills that prepare them for success in college, career and community.”
Pennsylvania has more than 16,000 approved career and technical education programs, and over the past three years the number of CTE students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 32.2 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has increased by 28.4 percent.
The demand for STEM-trained workers also continues to grow, including an estimated 300,000 STEM related jobs available in Pennsylvania in 2018. The commonwealth is a national leader in STEM education, producing the fifth highest number of STEM graduates and is home to second highest number of nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems.
In addition to the PAsmart initiative, the 2018-19 budget includes increases of:
·         $42.5 million for higher education;
·         $15 million for special education;
·         $25 million for pre-school and Head Start programs; and
·         $21.6 million to support early intervention services.
Since Governor Wolf took office, $115 million has been invested in the Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs.
The budget also maintains $1 million in grant funding for It’s on Us PA, launched by the Wolf Administration in 2016, to combat campus sexual violence.
The budget also invests more than $61.4 million for school and community safety, including a $1.4 million increase for the Safe Schools Initiative, which provides grants to schools, police departments, and municipalities to support safer schools.
“This year’s investments further demonstrate the Wolf Administration’s commitment to investing in Pennsylvania’s schools and ensuring students are college and career ready when they graduate,” he added.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov

Wolf Administration to save $27.2 Million Through Innovative Electricity Purchasing

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Harrisburg, PA –  Through an innovative approach to shopping for electricity, the Wolf administration will save an estimated $27.2 million through 2022 –  including $4.3 million in savings over the next four years for commonwealth facilities and municipal members of the COSTARS program. This is the third consecutive year the commonwealth will increase savings and decrease per kilowatt hour costs.

“My administration is continuously searching for ways to reduce costs and use innovation to improve efficiencies,” said Governor Wolf.  “This new approach to buying electricity has delivered long-term savings to the state and local governments, and I commend the Department of General Services for implementing this process.”

Before the Department of General Services launched the new approach to shopping for electricity in 2015, the commonwealth purchased electricity on shorter term, 1-2-year contracts. In 2015, the commonwealth adjusted its purchasing approach to longer term, 4-year fixed-price contracts that result in better pricing and budget stability. In addition, the volume of the commonwealth’s purchasing power is leveraged by bundling accounts to receive more favorable pricing – similar to the practices employed by large commercial electric consumers.

The commonwealth also has started the practice of shopping earlier in advance of the current contract expiration dates, allowing for more flexibility in seeking favorable rates.

The energy shopping events are held in cooperation with the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) where the institute solicits the electricity accounts of the commonwealth agencies and COSTARS members for lower electricity supplier pricing.

The $27.2 million in total savings covers numerous accounts and term lengths that began to accrue in 2016 and will continue through December 2022.  These savings were generated by lowering the commonwealth’s average load-weighted cost per kilowatt hour from 5.6 cents in 2015, to a current average of 5.2 cents. This average cost includes capacity and transmission charges.

“Through our partnership with the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute, we’ve been able to develop improved approaches to how we purchase electricity and take advantage of the wholesale market in terms of favorable pricing,” Topper said. “In addition to generating these positive results, we’ve been able to expand the program to COSTARS members and pass the ability to experience those savings onto them.”

In November 2017, the commonwealth expanded its Electricity Procurement Program to COSTARS members. Since the expansion, more than $580,000 in electricity cost savings vs. prior rates have been generated. The COSTARS program allows its members – including municipalities, public authorities, school districts, and certain non-profits – to use state-awarded contracts to purchase a large variety of materials and services at lower prices.

Wolf Administration Unveils Additions to Opioid Data Dashboard, Increasing Information for Public Access

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf’s multi-agency Opioid Command Center announced the addition of three important datasets to Pennsylvania’s Opioid Data Dashboard, introduced in March.

“The more information we share, the more informed Pennsylvanians can become and the more we can work together to fight this epidemic from all sides,” Governor Wolf said. “The Opioid Command Center agencies are working tirelessly to collect data and make it widely available to health care professionals, treatment facilities, and the public.”

“As the opioid data dashboard grows to include more information, we are moving towards a more complete picture of the impact the disease of opioid-use disorder has on our communities,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “With this information in hand, communities can work at the grass-roots level to help prevent the disease, rescue those who are in immediate need and get their loved ones into treatment. Treatment works and recovery is possible.”

The newly added datasets include emergency naloxone doses administered by Emergency Medical Services, inmates admitted to prison who self-report opioid use, and naloxone prescriptions filled using Medicaid.

Emergency naloxone doses administered by EMS.
The data depicted in the EMS naloxone map show doses of naloxone administered by emergency medical services (EMS) providers at the scene of an emergency by county. The data are derived from EMS patient care reports completed by certified EMS providers in the field.

Inmates Admitted to Prison who Self-Report Opioid Use
All inmates sentenced to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) are assessed upon admission to prison for substance use disorder. The maps included on the dashboard show the percent of all inmates sentenced to PA DOC from each county who indicate that an opioid-based drug caused them the most serious problem, and the percent of all inmates sentenced to PA DOC from each county who indicate that they used an opioid drug in the past 12 months. These maps can be indicators of which areas of the commonwealth are experiencing high opioid use disorder issues related to criminal activity. It should be noted that this is self-report information.

Naloxone Prescriptions Filled Using Medicaid
Naloxone is a covered outpatient drug in the Medical Assistance Program. Everyone on Medicaid has unrestricted access to life-saving naloxone with no limits and no co-pays. The map shows, by county, the number of people on Medicaid filling a prescription for naloxone.

The opioid data dashboard focuses on data sets in the three main areas distinguished by Governor Wolf in his disaster declaration: prevention, rescue and treatment. It also shows data at the county-level.

On January 10, Governor Wolf signed a statewide disaster declaration for the opioid epidemic to enhance state response, increase access to treatment, and save lives. He renewed the 90-day declaration in April and the disaster declaration Opioid Command Center continues to implement the 13 initial initiatives, plus add new ones to combat the epidemic.

Governor Wolf and state agencies have been increasing efforts in the fight against prescription drug abuse in multiple areas, including numerous programs and initiatives:

  • ​Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;
  • Strengthening the PDMP through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines;
  • Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;
  • Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;
  • Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools; and
  • Awarding four $1 million grants for medication-assisted treatment using a hub and spoke model for Pennsylvanians who are uninsured, under-insured or have private insurance.

For more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic and to view the dashboard, visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/.

Department of Human Services Permanency Conference, “Together We Can,” Focuses on Adoption Successes

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Pocono Mountains, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today kicked-off the 26th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference, “Together We Can,” held June 13 through June 15 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains.

The three-day event is attended by child welfare professionals, current and prospective foster or adoptive families, kinship care providers, and others with a vested interest in ensuring children are safe, that they have permanent homes and that their well-being needs are met.

“We have had more than 43,000 adoptions in Pennsylvania since our Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) began in 1992, with 2,145 in 2017,” said Secretary Miller. “Although we are very proud of our accomplishments, we realize there is still work to be done. This conference brings together Pennsylvanians to continue our efforts of finding more ways to reunite children and youth placed in our foster care system safely with their families or find permanent homes for them to grow.”

There are more than 16,000 Pennsylvania children in foster care on any given day and 3,400 who need forever homes.

The permanency conference is designed to:

  • train participants to prepare children and their families on their journey through the child welfare system towards permanency;
  • educate and support all those involved in finding permanent homes for Pennsylvania’s foster children; and
  • provide an opportunity for children to be matched with prospective foster and adoptive families.

Attendees are encouraged to work together to find innovative ways to help participants through the permanency process. The conference also includes an awards ceremony recognizing those who help children and youth achieve permanent homes.

This year’s award winners include:

Permanent Family Recognition Award

Families selected have provided legalized permanency for a child or children in the child welfare system:

  • Brian and Tracey Bender, Dauphin County
  • Robert and Sara Halstead, Bucks County
  • Aishah Holman, Montgomery County
  • Wayne and Lacey Rexroth, Somerset County
  • Michael and Jenna Russell, Dauphin County
  • Joe and Linda Tokay, Lycoming County

Philanthropy Recognition

The organization selected demonstrates a significant charitable commitment that promotes the permanency of children in foster care:

  • DeAnna Runyan, Photographs by DeAnna

Permanency Teamwork Recognition

Teams selected exemplify a collaborative effort to promote the permanency of children with special needs:

  • Briana Stinson, Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • Kristin Terrell, Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families
  • Patricia Bolster, KidsPeace
  • Carolyn Dorazio, KidsPeace
  • Brittany Harris, Children’s Choice, Inc.

Permanency Advocate Recognition

This award recognizes a dynamic individual who demonstrates a commitment to building cooperative relationships to expedite the permanency process:

  • Honorable Katherine B.L. Platt, Court of Common Pleas of Chester County

Independent Living Professional Recognition

The individual selected for this award has demonstrated that they have helped youth transition into becoming successful contributing members of society:

  • Janice Reindel, Luzerne County Children and Youth Services

Permanency Professional Recognition

Individuals selected to receive this award are permanency professionals working in a public or private child welfare agency:

  • Shadell T. Quinones, Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families

Youth Advocate Recognition

  • Anthony Simpson, Philadelphia County

SWAN Advisory Committee Outstanding Service to Adoption

  • Phyllis Stevens, Together As Adoptive Parents

To learn more go to www.adoptpakids.org, or call 1-800-585-SWAN. Follow SWAN on Facebook at “Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network”.

Rehabilitation Program Helping Adjudicated Young Men Successfully Reenter Communities

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WHITE HAVEN, PA – Yesterday, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller visited Youth Forestry Camp 2 (YFC2), a 49-bed open residential facility for adjudicated delinquent males located in Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County. YFC2 primarily serves young men age 14 to 20 with delinquency, addiction, and socially maladaptive issues.

YFC2 has stepped up efforts to better prepare young men to successfully reenter their communities with appropriate training to complete their education, get a job, and obtain evidence-based treatment services. DHS has partnered with Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit to provide recognizable, industry-standard training and certification to eligible youth through vocational programs in recovery, GED preparation and testing, various vocational certifications, and hands-on digital printing programs, which can lead to employment opportunities and self-sufficiency, the ultimate goal.

“It is critical that we continue to provide real-life opportunities to these individuals as they work toward bettering their future upon release. The work being done at YFC2 to prepare these youth is a testament to our mission at DHS to empower the individuals we serve to be self-sufficient. Every youth throughout Pennsylvania should be given the tools necessary to thrive and succeed,” said Secretary Miller.

 

All programs within the Youth Development Center/Youth Forestry Camp (YDC/YFC) system are Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT) affiliates.

 

In addition to work-ready certifications, YFC2 has multiple rehabilitation programs for youth, including the Hazelden Curriculum for youth in need of drug and alcohol treatment, a forward-thinking curriculum for youth in need of cognitive behavioral therapy, and community service programs.

 

“The department is committed to providing a system of individualized treatment services that values strong child, family, and community partnerships to promote competency development and victim awareness to the youth entering rehabilitation,” Sec. Miller said.

Wolf Administration Celebrates Delaware County Center of Excellence’s 1,000th Client Interaction

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Chester, PA – Today, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller visited Crozer-Keystone Health System, a Center of Excellence (COE), to discuss the importance of the Wolf Administration’s efforts to ensure continuity of and access to treatment to combat the opioid epidemic.

“COEs have proven themselves to be a critical part of our efforts to improve opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services, which is key in combatting this epidemic,” DHS Secretary Teresa Miller said. “Since opening its COE about 16 months ago, Crozer has interacted with more than 1,000 clients, meaning there are more than 1,000 Pennsylvanians one step closer to recovery. This organization is a great example of how to establish effective community partnerships that bring people into treatment.”

Crozer-Keystone’s Opioid Treatment COE helps Delaware County residents suffering from OUD access the recovery treatment they need. Crozer-Keystone was one of the first 20 centers of its kind, created by grants from DHS.

The COE provides full-service care management for those struggling with OUD, removing the most common barriers to treatment. With a commitment to educating the community, the COE team works to ensure health care, education, and law enforcement organizations can identify those who need treatment and refer them to the Center. All services are free of charge to Delaware County residents.

“We are seeing the effects of the opioid crisis throughout our community, and many struggle to find the help they need. Programs like our Center of Excellence are offering more opportunities to connect people to our experienced team of psychiatrists, licensed social workers and nurse practitioners,” said Crozer-Keystone CEO Patrick Gavin. ”As a leader in behavioral health and addiction treatment, it is our mission to get the right care to the right people, when and where they need it most.”

Since 2016, the Wolf Administration has funded 45 COEs statewide to get more people into treatment and keep them engaged in treatment longer. Successes through March of 2018 can be seen in the following numbers:

  • Over 19,000 individuals have interacted with a COE;
  • 13,482 individuals have received a level-of-care assessment, which helps to determine the type, level, and length of treatment; and
  • 68 percent of individuals seen by a COE have been engaged in treatment (including residential, outpatient, and medication-assisted treatment).

Prior to these centers, as few as 48 percent of Medicaid patients diagnosed with OUD were receiving treatment. Of those, only 33 percent remained engaged in treatment for more than 30 days.

COEs provide treatment that is team-based and “whole-person” focused, with a goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care. Additionally, the centers’ care managers work to keep people with OUD in treatment, including coordinating follow-up care and community supports.

COEs work as a hub-and-spoke network, with the designated center serving as the hub. The spokes can include primary care practices, the criminal justice system, emergency departments, social services providers, and other treatment providers, and other referral sources.

The administration’s efforts have resulted in the development of integrated systems that are:

  • Encouraging simultaneous treatment of addiction and other physical and mental health issues;
  • Closing treatment system gaps through the use of community-based care management teams, so fewer people seeking recovery relapse;
  • Expanding access to medications that help people recover from addiction; and
  • Developing relationships with other treatment providers, the criminal justice system, primary care practices, emergency departments, and other potential referral sources where people with OUD might present.

For more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic, visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent in May

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Commonwealth Sets Jobs Record for Fourteenth Consecutive Month 

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for May 2018.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point from April to 4.5 percent, the lowest rate since September 2007. This was the second monthly decrease in the rate after 10 consecutive months at 4.8 percent. The commonwealth’s rate remained above the U.S. rate, which fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by four-tenths of a percentage point.
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was down 14,000 in May to 6,364,000. The labor force decline was due to a drop in unemployment, while resident employment was up slightly over the month. Employment and unemployment both declined since last May, by 8,000 and 21,000, respectively.
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 2,300 from April to a record high of 6,014,400. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
·      Fourteenth consecutive month jobs established a record high level
·      Jobs were up in seven of the 11 industry supersectors
·      Professional & business services set a record high for the ninth time in the past 10 months
·      Construction experienced the largest supersector gain, up 1,900 in May
·      Education & health services had the largest decline, down 1,900 from April’s record high
 
Since May 2017, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent. During this timeframe, nine supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs with increases ranging from 31,700 in education & health services to 2,000 in other services.
Additional information is available on the L&I website at www.dli.pa.gov or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or dlipress@pa.gov
Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  May April May April 2018 May 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
PA              
Civilian Labor Force 6,364 6,378 6,429 -14 -0.2% -65 -1.0%
Employment 6,081 6,080 6,116 1 0.0% -35 -0.6%
Unemployment 283 298 313 -15 -5.0% -30 -9.6%
Rate 4.5 4.7 4.9 -0.2 —- -0.4 —-
               
U.S.              
Civilian Labor Force 161,539 161,527 159,729 12 0.0% 1,810 1.1%
Employment 155,474 155,181 152,892 293 0.2% 2,582 1.7%
Unemployment 6,065 6,346 6,837 -281 -4.4% -772 -11.3%
Rate 3.8 3.9 4.3 -0.1 —- -0.5 —-
Note: June 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released July 20, 2018.
 

 

Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
May April May April 2018 May 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,014.4 6,012.1 5,936.2 2.3 0.0% 78.2 1.3%
 
Goods Producing Industries 851.7 849.1 836.4 2.6 0.3% 15.3 1.8%
  Mining & Logging 28.7 28.3 26.3 0.4 1.4% 2.4 9.1%
  Construction 258.1 256.2 248.8 1.9 0.7% 9.3 3.7%
  Manufacturing 564.9 564.6 561.3 0.3 0.1% 3.6 0.6%
Service Providing Industries 5,162.7 5,163.0 5,099.8 -0.3 0.0% 62.9 1.2%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,131.0 1,129.2 1,124.4 1.8 0.2% 6.6 0.6%
  Information 80.7 81.1 83.7 -0.4 -0.5% -3.0 -3.6%
  Financial Activities 324.7 323.6 320.8 1.1 0.3% 3.9 1.2%
  Professional & Business Services 816.4 815.2 800.1 1.2 0.1% 16.3 2.0%
  Education & Health Services 1,273.7 1,275.6 1,242.0 -1.9 -0.1% 31.7 2.6%
  Leisure & Hospitality 574.4 573.3 563.3 1.1 0.2% 11.1 2.0%
  Other Services 263.5 265.2 261.5 -1.7 -0.6% 2.0 0.8%
  Government 698.3 699.8 704.0 -1.5 -0.2% -5.7 -0.8%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the
Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.workstats.dli.pa.gov
Note: June 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released July 20, 2018.

Governor Wolf Signs Employer Statement of Support for National Guard Members

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf signed a U.S. Defense Department Employer Statement of Support for the more than 1,300 Pennsylvania National Guard members and reservists who work for the commonwealth, thanking them for their service and pledging to offer support as these Guard members and reservists fulfill their military service duties while under the commonwealth’s employ. The governor was joined by the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, Maj. General Anthony Carrelli, members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and Col (ret.) Gregory Parish and George Mentzer from the Employer Support for Guardsman and Reservists Program.

“I am proud to be here today to officially sign the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Statement of Support for National Guardsmen and women across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “This statement pledges our cooperation and support to our employees who need to take time away from their commonwealth duties to serve the people of Pennsylvania as members of the National Guard.”

The intent of the Employer Statement of Support for Guardsmen and Reservists program is to increase employer support by encouraging them to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

The first Statement of Support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first President to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005 every Federal Cabinet Secretary and all Federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees. Pennsylvania currently has 31,000 actively serving Guard members and reservists.

“I urge all commonwealth employers to sign similar letters of support to ensure that, when duty calls, Guard members know that they can go without having to worry about responsibilities left behind at work,” Gov. Wolf said. “And so they can focus on their larger responsibility to the people of Pennsylvania. Their sacrifice, their bravery, and their willingness to do anything and go anywhere in service of their fellow Pennsylvanians is an inspiration.

“It is because of the work that our Guardsmen and women do that Pennsylvania has the finest National Guard in the nation, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

More information on the Employer Statement of Support Program, here.