The American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is an economic stimulus package in hopes of creating jobs and promoting investment and consumer spending during the recession. A recent report entitled, Economic Recovery Part Two: We Need More Action on Jobs and Wages, reveals updates on the effect of the Act and other actions of Pennsylvania’s economy and its metropolitan areas.
There has been an evident increase in each state’s level of unemployment due to the U.S. economy. Job growth is one of the most closely watched indicators of a state’s economic situation and Pennsylvania is seen as healthier than most other states.
The United States higher education staffing system has been experiencing a reduction in the proportion of jobs for full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members and a significant growth in full-time non-tenure-track, part-time/adjunct faculty and graduate employees.
The impact of obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) credential for those who have not graduated from high school is demonstrated by the change in perception of themselves and their future success in employment, education and income.
"People assume that tech schools don't lead to college. That just isn't true," Bob Veilleux commented at the beginning of his presentation. And it wouldn't be too much to say that saying "vo-tech" brings up a lot of different associations and connotations- most of them not terribly positive. In the past, it can seem to imply things like "not going to college", "less than great", "only for certain kinds of people".
"I'm a trainer. A life skills teacher. A mentor. A programmer. I want to show people how to get a job and keep it," was how Brenda Williams described her work, her voice was firm, to the point, and awake with excitement and passion.
A study compiled for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania titled, Survey of Emergency Management and Preparedness Agencies in Pennsylvania’s Rural Counties, explores the differences between rural and urban counties regarding the overall quality of emergency preparedness services.
In a dual study prepared for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania titled, Analyses of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data for Rural Health Outcomes, Slippery Rock University and The Pennsylvania State University compared rural and urban Pennsylvanian resident’s health profiles, lifestyles choices, and use of health care services.
The sustainability of health centers, a vital component of health care delivery services is analyzed in a report prepared by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania entitled, The Sustainability of Rural Community Health Service Provider.
In September, the Keystone Research Center published The State of Working Pennsylvania 2010, an annual report documenting the current state of the commonwealth’s economy and offering policy recommendations for the future.