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Why We Need a State and Federal Jobs Program
Underemployed and underpaid individuals are steadily losing ground

Lost in Recession, Toll on Underemployed and Underpaid

The New York Times
By MICHAEL COOPER
Published: June 18, 2012

Throughout the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery, the most commonly discussed measure of misery has been unemployment. But many middle-class and working-class people who are fortunate enough to have work are struggling as well, which is why Sherry Woods, a 59-year-old van driver from Atlanta, found herself standing in line at a jobs fair this month, with her résumé tucked inside a Bible. » Continue Reading

While unemployment has been the single most imperative issue facing Pennsylvania and the nation during the Great Recession and the stagnant economic recovery, another issue, as equally important has emerged -- low-wage workers who are underemployed and underpaid. These middle-class and working-class individuals, while currently employed, still find that the jobs they currently have are not enough to make ends meet.

With the current economic downturn dragging on, many employers are having to cut hours and wages of their workers, causing underemployment. These underemployed workers are finding that their pay simply cannot keep apace of their expenses. They are struggling to pay their bills and mortgage, clothe their children and put food on the table.

With unemployed and underemployed workers descending upon the job market all at once, there are simply not enough well paying jobs available to accommodate the needs of this growing population.

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rates January – May 2012:

January 2012     Unemployment Rates
  PA Jan '12 US Jan '12 PA      US
Civilian Labor Force
Employment
Unemployment
Unemployment Rate
6,382,830
5,700,900
486,344
7.6%
154,395,000
141,637,000
12,758,000
8.3%
Employment Graph January
         
February 2012     Unemployment Rates
  PA Feb '12 US Feb '12 PA      US
Civilian Labor Force
Employment
Unemployment
Unemployment Rate
6,382,830
5,700,900
486,344
7.6%
154,395,000
141,637,000
12,758,000
8.3%
Employment Graph January
         
March 2012     Unemployment Rates
  PA Mar '12 US Mar '12 PA      US
Civilian Labor Force
Employment
Unemployment
Unemployment Rate
6,406,593
5,728,300
479,898
7.5%
154,707,000
142,034,000
12,673,000
8.2%
Employment Graph March
         
April 2012     Unemployment Rates
  PA Apr '12 US Apr '12 PA      US
Civilian Labor Force
Employment
Unemployment
Unemployment Rate
6,428,729
5,723,200
475,083
7.4%
154,365,000
141,865,000
12,500,000
8.1%
Employment Graph April
         
May 2012     Unemployment Rates
  PA May '12 US May'12 PA      US
Civilian Labor Force
Employment
Unemployment
Unemployment Rate
6,451,787
5,713,300
474,633
7.4%
155,007,000
142,287,000
12,720,000
8.2%
Employment Graph May
         
Change From May 2011 Apr. 2012  
Employment:
Unemployment:
Unemployment Rate:
Up27,800
Down34,935
Down0.6%
Down9,900
Down450
No Change
 

We are in desperate need of a healthy state and federal jobs program. We need to put folks back to work, in jobs with decent wages. While the stagnation of employment and wages is not a new problem, it is a problem that can be solved with innovative and immediate solutions.

June 1, 2012: Senate Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Investment Plan in Luzerne County
June 1, 2012: Senate Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Investment Plan in Luzerne County
June 1, 2012: Senate Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Investment Plan in Luzerne County

Time and time again, Senate Democrats have pushed job creation and economic growth as our main agenda, especially at this time when Pennsylvania’s economy is still lagging dangerously behind the nation.

A recent column in the Philadelphia Inquirer states that while Pennsylvania’s economic output amounted to $500.4 billion in 2011, the percentage of growth from 2010 was only 1.2 percent, placing Pennsylvania at 22nd place nationally.

Pennsylvania’s job growth has also stalled since 2008. Pennsylvania employment has failed to keep pace with the national recovery, rebounding at a much slower rate than the national level.

Employment Numbers in Pennsylvania:

  • April 2008 - 5,825,200
  • April 2010 - 5,610,800
  • April 2012 - 5,727,700

Employment Interactive MapThis interactive map from the Pew Center on the States shows that Pennsylvania’s employment recovery remains stagnant. Clearly there is a need to ramp up our efforts on economic stimulus and job creation.

As household wealth drops and college tuition costs, as well as many other costs continue to rise, the unemployed and underemployed will simply be unable to keep up with these rising costs adding to the already strained economy. Investing in job creation is the only way to revive a stalled economy and pull the unemployed and underemployed out of their personal financial crisis.

Senate Democrats unveiled an Infrastructure Investment Plan that, if implemented, could create jobs immediately. View the Infrastructure Investment Plan here.

If Pennsylvania and the federal government implement job creation plans like this, we can put more people back to work in quality, long-term jobs that pay adequate wages and rebuild our economy.

You can find out more specifics about the 2012-13 State Budget and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

www.senatorhughes.com

 

DISTRICT OFFICE
4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778

HARRISBURG OFFICE
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579
 

 

Rally against proposed asset test on SNAP Recipients ::  January 26, 2012 Senator Hughes joins with PCPA and over 800 participants at a Rally on June 5 to decry human services budget cuts. Pennsylvania’s employment