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State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces August Highlights

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Harrisburg, PA – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for August 2018:

StoryTime: Art by Patrick McDonnell, Friday, August 3, 10:00 AM
The children’s book Art, by Patrick McDonnell, will be read in the Art of the State gallery for StoryTime, our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.
Artist Conversations, Sunday, August 5, 2:00 PM
Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and artist Jo Margolis will lead a casual tour of Art of the State, sharing their insights on the show. Margolis’ work on paper Things Embedded is part of the exhibit. Art of the State is recognized as the official statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit includes 103 works by 99 artists from 27 counties and runs through September 9. This program is included with general admission.
Pay as You Wish Summer Fridays
This summer, The State Museum is inviting visitors to pay what they wish for general admission on all Fridays through August 24. Fees for the Planetarium and other special programs will still apply. Curiosity Connection will distribute free timed tickets for entry throughout the day.
Learn at Lunchtime
Learn at Lunchtime is a program featuring a variety of captivating lectures and presentations. This summer Learn at Lunchtime will be presented every Friday at 12:15 PM through August 24. Learn at Lunchtime is included with general admission.
Friday, August 3
Historic Pennsylvania Films with the Pennsylvania State Archives
Friday, August 10
Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnels with Senior Curator Dr. Curt Miner
Friday, August 17
How the Counties Got Their Shapes with State Museum Education Department
Friday, August 24
Archaeology at Fort Hunter with Curator Janet Johnson
Nature Lab/Meet the Experts
The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania state agencies through its Summer 2018 Nature Lab/Meet the Experts series. This program will be presented every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM through August 16 and is included with general admission.
Wednesday, August 1 and 8
Pennsylvania Wildlife with Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany Dr. Walter Meshaka
Thursday, August 2
Librarians and the Lovely Lava with the STEM Librarians from the Pennsylvania State Library
Thursday, August 9
Preserving Our Past: Archaeology Lab with The State Museum’s Archaeology Section
Wednesday, August 15
Simple Machines with The State Museum’s Education Department
Thursday, August 16
History of Digging Fort Hunter with the State Museum’s Archaeology Section
Curiosity Kids
Curiosity Kids bridges the fun of Curiosity Connection with the wonders of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Museum educators will guide you and your children, ages 3 to 6, on fascinating trips through history. Hands-on experiments in science and art will offer enlightening views of the world. Curiosity Kids programs are included with general admission.
Wednesday, August 22, 11:30 AM
Thursday, August 23, 11:30 AM
3rd in the Burg: Great Summer Switch, Friday, August 17, 5:30–8:30 PM
At the second annual Great Summer Switch, Tina Sell, director of education at the Susquehanna Art Museum, will conduct a tour at 6 PM of Art of the State at The State Museum. Afterward, visitors can walk up the street to the Susquehanna Art Museum for a guided tour at 7:30 PM by PHMC commissioner and artist Ophelia Chambliss of Romare Bearden: Vision & Activism. The State Museum building will open at 5:30 PM and close at 7:30 PM. This event is free as part of the 3rd in the Burg.
Art of the State is recognized as the official statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit includes 103 works by 99 artists from 27 counties and runs through September 9. Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Summer Reciprocal Membership with Susquehanna Art Museum, now through September 9
Members of the Susquehanna Art Museum and The State Museum of Pennsylvania will receive free reciprocal general admission to the two museums through September 9, 2018.
The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering three shows from July 1 through September 2:
Earth, Moon and Sun (Grades 1 through 5), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:00 AM; Saturday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 PM
Coyote has razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he’s seeing in the sky. This production tackles many concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system, including eclipses, lunar phases, seasonal changes, and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon.
Compass, Calendar and Clock (Grade 6 and up), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM; Sunday, 2:00 PM
Understanding how the planet is aligned with the distant stars allows anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar, and a clock. This traditional show asks How can you use the Moon tell time? and How does the Sun help us find directions? See how humankind has used the sky to tell time, track yearly cycles, and find direction.
Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).
The State Museum has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All. This program enables low-income families to visit participating museums for a nominal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down to 4.3 Percent in June

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Commonwealth Jobs Set Record High for 15th Consecutive Month

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for June 2018.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point from May to 4.3 percent, the lowest rate in 11 years (June 2007). The commonwealth’s rate remained above the U.S. rate, which rose by two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-half of a percentage point.
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was essentially unchanged in June at 6,363,000, as a drop in unemployment over the month was matched by a gain in employment. Over the year, the civilian labor force was down by 61,000 due to declines in both employment and unemployment.
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 4,000 from May to a record high of 6,016,900. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
·      15th consecutive month jobs established a record high level
·      Jobs were up in six of the 11 industry supersectors
·      Leisure & hospitality experienced the largest supersector gain, up 3,600 in June
Total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent from June 2017. During this timeframe, nine supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs with increases ranging from 33,600 in education & health services to 2,000 in mining & logging. Nationally, jobs were up 1.6 percent over the year.
Additional information is available on the L&I website at 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
Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  June May June May 2018 June 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Civilian Labor Force 6,363 6,364 6,424 -1 0.0% -61 -0.9%
Employment 6,088 6,080 6,115 8 0.1% -27 -0.4%
Unemployment 275 283 309 -8 -2.8% -34 -11.0%
Rate 4.3 4.5 4.8 -0.2 —- -0.5 —-
Civilian Labor Force 162,140 161,539 160,214 601 0.4% 1,926  1.2%
Employment 155,576 155,474 153,250 102 0.1% 2,326  1.5%
Unemployment 6,564 6,065 6,964 499 8.2% -400 -5.7%
Rate 4.0 3.8 4.3 0.2 —- -0.3 —-
Note: July 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 23,2018.


Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
June May June May 2018 June 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,016.9 6,012.9 5,939.4  4.0  0.1% 77.5  1.3%
Goods Producing Industries 850.4 849.3 837.8  1.1  0.1% 12.6  1.5%
  Mining & Logging 28.6 28.7 26.6 -0.1 -0.3%  2.0  7.5%
  Construction 253.2 255.1 249.8 -1.9 -0.7%  3.4  1.4%
  Manufacturing 568.6 565.5 561.4  3.1  0.5%  7.2  1.3%
Service Providing Industries 5,166.5 5,163.6 5,101.6  2.9  0.1% 64.9  1.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,131.1 1,129.6 1,125.3  1.5  0.1%  5.8  0.5%
  Information 80.1 80.4 84.0 -0.3 -0.4% -3.9 -4.6%
  Financial Activities 325.3 324.9 321.2  0.4  0.1%  4.1  1.3%
  Professional & Business Services 812.1 815.8 799.9 -3.7 -0.5% 12.2  1.5%
  Education & Health Services 1,274.5 1,273.4 1,240.9  1.1  0.1% 33.6  2.7%
  Leisure & Hospitality 576.8 573.2 565.7  3.6  0.6% 11.1  2.0%
  Other Services 265.1 264.1 261.2  1.0  0.4%  3.9  1.5%
  Government 701.5 702.2 703.4 -0.7 -0.1% -1.9 -0.3%
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
Note: July 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 23,2018.

Governor Wolf Appoints Charles Ramsey Chairman of the School Safety and Security Committee July 23, 2018 EDUCATION, 

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has appointed Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Chairman Charles H. Ramsey as Chairman of the new School Safety and Security Committee. PCCD Acting Executive Director Derin Myers will perform the duties of the committee chairman if Ramsey is unavailable.

“This committee is bringing together a broad range of stakeholders to develop a holistic approach to protecting our students and teachers in communities throughout Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “By working together, we will make our school buildings more secure, improve training for school officials and law enforcement, and ensure that students get the emotional and behavior supports they need.”

In June, Governor Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law, creating a Safe Schools and Security Committee within PCCD. The committee will administer the new $60 million School Safety Fund, created in the 2018-19 state budget.

The committee will award the funding to school districts and other school entities in the form of grants to cover numerous expenses and programs to keep students and teachers safe, including physical building upgrades, security equipment, teacher training, alternative education programs, community violence prevention programs, and special and individualized mentoring programs.

The 17-member committee will also establish best practices when conducting school safety and security assessments for school buildings, trainings and student behavioral health support, as well as issue a survey to school entities to measure school safety and security preparedness.