July 11, 2015 |
Philadelphia exports rose 5.6 percent to a record $26.3 billion last year, the U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday. The Philadelphia metro area ranked 11th among U.S. metropolitan areas in 2014, with key exports being chemicals, computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, petroleum and coal products, and machinery. The federal agency said that 42.6 percent of exports went to markets where the United States has trade agreements. Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands were the leading destinations.
January 31, 2013
While unemployment generally fell in most of the nation's metropolitan areas, it rose in the Philadelphia area to 8.4 percent in December, up from 8 percent in November and in December 2011, the U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday. The Philadelphia area includes Delaware, Cecil County, Maryland and other southern New Jersey counties. In Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania counties, the unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent, up from 7.7 percent in November. In the Camden, Gloucester and Burlington County area, unemployment increased to 9.8 percent, from 9.4 percent in November.
January 10, 2012 |
MIDDLETOWN, Del. - Middletown town officials have approved the construction of a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center for Amazon.com. The mayor and council green-lighted the project on Classic Drive, near Levels Road, on Monday night. Mayor Ken Branner says the Seattle-based online retailer has indicated the warehouse will have about 850 year-round employees. The site is expected to aid the neighboring Cecil County, Md., economy, which has seen growth in distribution center employment.
September 15, 2011
Philadelphia-area consumer prices rose 0.7 percent during the summer, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The increase during the July-August period was led by a seasonal advance in apparel prices, which rose +6.6 percent. Food and shelter prices locally both were up 0.6 percent, but the cost of energy - including both housing and transportation fuels - dropped 0.4 percent, the report said. For the last 12 months, inflation in the area increased 3.4 percent, slightly less than the national rate of 3.8 percent.
July 2, 2011 |
Jane Malseed Vargues, 86, formerly of Media, a restaurant manager and owner, died of cancer Thursday, June 30, at Tel Hai, a retirement community in Honey Brook. Mrs. Vargues and her husband, Frank, managed restaurants in Delaware County before becoming the owners of the Olde Sproul Tavern in Springfield, Delaware County, in the mid-1970s. She was the hostess and did the bookkeeping, said her daughter, Norma Brittingham, who helped out at the restaurant with her siblings. Mrs. Vargues and her husband later operated the Archway Inn in Cecil County, Md., until the mid-1990s.
October 12, 2010
Wages in the Philadelphia area for the year that ended in January ranged from $75.51 an hour for physicians and surgeons to $3.62, excluding tips, for waiters and waitresses, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The average for the region in January was $35.06 an hour. Among some of the broad occupational groups surveyed, BLS said, health care practitioners averaged $35.06 an hour; computer and mathematical science, $36.53; education, $35.34; and food preparation/serving, $8.75.
March 29, 2008 |
Unemployment in the Philadelphia region increased slightly in January compared with a year ago, but the jobless rate indicated the area was getting through the current economic downturn in fairly good shape, according to a government report released yesterday. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that, across the region, 5.1 percent of the workforce was unemployed compared with a national average of 5.4 percent. In January 2007, the region had an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent while the national average was 5.0 percent.
February 15, 2008 |
A $31 million land deal is in the works that could turn one of the largest privately owned properties in Chester County into a public playground. Stretching for two miles along the Maryland border, it encompasses 1,718 acres, and was assembled during the last half-century by descendants of the founder of Campbell Soup, the late George Strawbridge Sr. and his son, George Strawbridge Jr. If the deal is successful, the land stretching across parts of Franklin, Elk and New London Townships will be purchased with county, state and private funds.
March 31, 2005 |
HERE IS one you haven't heard, that will make your blood boil. I only wish I were kidding. Lyn Clinton, a mom suffering in bed with MS, now has the additional burden of grieving the loss of her 18-year-old daughter, Kelly L. Clinton. Kelly died earlier this month in a motor vehicle accident, but it's the state of Maryland, in my opinion, that has blood on its hands. As explained to me by Patrick Davis, chief of police of Uwchlan Township, in Chester County, this is how it happened: In May of 2004, Uwchlan police were called to probe a case of credit card theft.