There was unanimous agreement Tuesday at a joint hearing by the Senate Environmental and Agriculture Committees that more resources are needed to meet Pennsylvania’s water pollution cleanup commitment to the Chesapeake Bay and throughout the state and that there are no magic bullets to meet those obligations. Click Here for to watch or listen to the hearing.
America Recycles Day recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – throughout the year.
The Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance starting November 1. LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product helping to protect public health and the environment.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was unchanged from August at 5.7 percent. Pennsylvania’s rate remained above that of the United States, which increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.0 percent in September.
Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force was up 7,000 from August to 6,522,000. Resident employment increased by 5,000 while the unemployment count rose 1,000.
Total nonfarm jobs declined 5,300 to 5,895,200 in September. Jobs in seven of the 11 supersectors were down from August.
The supersectors with the two largest gains this month both set record high levels – professional & business services (+6,700) and leisure & hospitality (+4,800). Education & health services and government, both down by 6,400, tied for the largest volume decline.
The August nonfarm jobs count was revised upward by 1,000 jobs, resulting in August setting the fourth record high so far in 2016.
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 51,500 (+0.9 percent). Six of the 11 supersectors added jobs from last September. The largest increase over the past twelve months was in education & health services (+21,800), while the largest decline was in mining & logging (-7,900).