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June 27, 2011
THE EXPERTS WHO calculate these things say the Great Recession has been over for two years now. But you would have a hard time persuading the 25 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed or too discouraged to even look for work. Or the countless others who fear they may join their ranks. Last week's report from the Labor Department confirmed what many Americans knew without needing a cable TV pundit to tell them: The mild improvement in job creation that we saw early this year is fading fast: First-time claims for unemployment benefits have been above 400,000 for the past 11 weeks, making for an official unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.
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April 26, 2009 | By Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 7:25 a.m. on Feb. 20, Dan Perry arrived at work at his Malvern industrial-parts company, as he always did. Five minutes later, Perry's weeping supervisor told him that the company had eliminated his job of four years. By 7:35, Perry was back in the parking lot, holding a box containing a few items from his desk. In the gut-punch moments of nascent unemployment, Perry looked up at the sky and asked, "What just happened to me?" The married 49-year-old executive with two teenage children was filled with a cold dread.
NEWS
December 16, 1990 | By Vyola P. Willson, Special to The Inquirer
Chester County has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania, even though unemployment is up. Unemployment rose from 2.5 percent in October 1989 to 3.5 percent in October 1990, according to state Department of Labor and Industry figures. Unemployment rose in the other Pennsylvania counties in the Philadelphia area as well. The greatest increases were in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties, according to the Labor and Industry Department. But all five counties are faring well in a softening economy, according to a department analyst.
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November 29, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Great news, jobless Pennsylvanians. I've found folks feeling more tortured than you by the state unemployment system: New Jersey residents who worked across the river in Pennsylvania. Once upon a time, Elefterios "Lefty" Mitsos was a respected Philadelphia police officer. Now, the 72-year-old Voorhees resident makes the case that no voice is easier for the Corbett administration to ignore than that of an unemployed person living out of state. Readers may recall a trio of columns this fall about how myopic Harrisburg belt-tightening led to the firing of 100 unemployment call center workers in an already overtaxed system.
NEWS
November 1, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Cutting bloated factory payrolls to comply with economic reform has cost three million Soviets their jobs since 1986, and the number could reach 16 million by 2005, Pravda said yesterday. In some southern Soviet republics wracked by ethnic violence, about 25 percent of the work force has been unemployed for the last three years, the Communist Party daily said. The Pravda article gave no overall jobless rate for the country, which has a work force of about 130 million. Moscow has never revealed overall unemployment figures, declaring for decades that full employment was a virtue of communism.
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April 9, 1991 | BY JULIA CARLISLE, From the New York Times
We are young, urban and professional. We are literate, respectable, intelligent and charming. But foremost and above all, we know what it's like to be unemployed. Forced into dishonesty to survive, we have bounced checks to keep ourselves in Oxford shirts and Ann Taylor dresses. But we have no solid ground. Our parents continue to help. Our grandparents send an occasional check. Some of us have trust funds, but the majority do not. Our parents must wonder, "My child turned 18, then 21, got the right to vote and to drink, graduated from college, found work, then was out of work - and we're still providing the support.
BUSINESS
January 4, 1991 | By Nancy Hass, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report
Pennsylvania is among 28 states the Department of Labor says might not have enough money in unemployment compensation funds to last the year. The department said yesterday that the spreading recession and layoffs could bankrupt the compensation system in the Commonwealth and elsewhere. Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry defended the fund's solvency. They say it should not be included among the troubled states. There is enough money, they say, to fund unemployment claims for the next 15 months.
NEWS
August 22, 1991 | By Jennifer Gould, Special to The Inquirer
Chester County's unemployment rate dropped slightly in June, another sign that the ailing economy is slowly recovering. June's job boom is especially encouraging because traditionally - even in more prosperous economies - unemployment usually rises in June, employment experts say. "It's kind of interesting. This doesn't usually happen," said Douglas Schmidt, director of the Chester County Job Center in Coatesville. That's because some seasonal workers, such as school cafeteria workers and bus drivers, collect unemployment benefits during the summer in June.
NEWS
December 17, 2001 | By JOHN DODDS
THE U.S. economy is now in a recession. October and November 2001 saw the largest increase in unemployment in over 20 years. The numbers of workers who have run out of their unemployment benefits is up 42 percent this year over the same period in 2000. Congress and the President are currently debating proposals to stimulate the economy. President Bush and Republicans in Congress are pushing a massive tax cut for corporations, with little help for the unemployed. Unemployed workers and supporters are calling for a stimulus package to aid the jobless.
BUSINESS
September 27, 1988 | Associated Press Daily News staff writer Kevin Haney contributed to this story
The unemployment insurance system has enough reserves to last only five months in a severe recession and would have to borrow billions of dollars from the federal government to keep paying benefits, congressional watchdogs said yesterday. Because states had to borrow $11.8 billion to keep paying benefits during the 1981-82 recession, most have tightened eligibility requirements so much that only one of every four jobless workers in October 1987 received unemployment checks, the General Accounting Office said in a report.
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February 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in January, hitting its lowest point in eight years, since February 2008. The nation's payrolls expanded by 151,000 jobs in January, lower than the increase in recent months, when payrolls expanded by 231,000 a month, the U.S. Labor Department said in its monthly jobs report, released Friday. "While the headline payroll job gains were below expectations and a disappointment, the torrid growth rate of the last quarter was not sustainable," wrote economist Sophia Koropeckyj, managing director of Moody's Analytics in West Chester.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When, after 28 years, Beverly Wiker lost her administrative job at Pepperidge Farm's plant in Downingtown, "it felt like a death in the family," she said. "I was in shock," she said, sitting in an Exton classroom with other unemployed people, who have become her new, extended family, united by their unwilling membership in the world of long-term joblessness. What also unites this group is renewed hope generated by a program launched last month in Chester County targeting the long-term unemployed.
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September 4, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kirt Barden used to be an executive at a truck rental and leasing company. Twelve years ago, the company let Barden go after Penske bought it. Barden moved to New Orleans to help his sick mother-in-law and bought a business that did underwriting exams for insurance companies. Two years later, Hurricane Katrina hit and destroyed his business. He sold it at a loss. Then he had a job raising money for the Salvation Army. Then he became a sales consultant. Now, Barden, 63, has been out of work for 10 months.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the nation's payrolls expanding by 295,000 jobs in all sectors, the U.S. unemployment rate hit a new postrecession low in February, reaching 5.5 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. "We're getting jobs. There's definitely a difference," said John Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, an advocacy group for low-wage workers. "Wages are still not up," Dodds noted. It is telling that nationwide - at Walmart, in last week's rallies at City Hall and in Harrisburg, at protests near fast-food restaurants, even in Gov. Wolf's first budget address - the focus has shifted from gaining jobs to building paychecks.
NEWS
January 21, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writerrussv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
Reuben Amaro expects to file for unemployment by the end of next month - or in early March. That's when the Saladworks in the Gallery will close for renovations at the Center City mall. Amaro, 48, has twice been manager of the restaurant, for a total of seven years. "I'm looking at unemployment for now," said the man with almost the same name as the Phillies' general manager. (The baseball Amaro spells his first name Ruben.) Amaro found out when he returned to work Dec. 16 - three days after his wedding - that the restaurant was shutting down for as long as two years.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unemployment rose in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in August, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday. In New Jersey, as the first of Atlantic City's casinos shut their doors, 800 more people became jobless, compared to July, and the unemployment rate rose from 6.6 percent from 6.5 percent. New Jersey payrolls dropped by 900 jobs over the month, even as they expanded by 3,000 jobs since August, 2013. Pennsylvania's jobless ranks grew by 6,200 statewide as the employment rate rose to 5.8 percent in August from 5.7 percent in July.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Federal Reserve watcher Ray Stone notes that Friday's payroll data were "very solid," and set the stage for this summer's annual summit in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where central bank officials will debate the quality of the recovery in the labor market. What does that mean for the rest of us? Interest rates rise - or not - based on whether Federal Reserve governors think the economy is picking up. If yes - and jobs growth supports this - rates could go up by mid-2015. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen will take a microscope to these latest unemployment data as part of the debate.
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