Jobs, jobs, jobs
PG is focusing on veterans in the SW Pennsylvania in a set of articles today: Weak economy, lack of opportunities have returning vets fighting for jobs. A different angle, but last year some colleagues looked at: The Impact of Veterans Returning to the Pittsburgh Region. I myself am amazed at how much the world has changed since I wrote this old piece.
Trib is running a WashPo story that looks at demographic issues impacting the labor force nationally: Diminishing work force bad sign for economy. I just looked at the past, present and future of demographic changes impacting just the Pittsburgh region's labor force in: Projecting the Impact of Demographic Change in Pittsburgh’s Labor Force.
PG looks at what is in a sense a perpetual story: Heard Off the Street: Manufacturing jobs await skilled workers. Which if you want to dig into more there was an interesting piece on the PBS newshour recently that I was going to post on and then forgot. The piece was laudably in depth, yet in the end incredibly conflicted piece on the state of the national labor force and this particular theme of how hard it is for manufacturers to find workers. Suffice it to say it's not a simple issue. The piece is also based in an Ohio town not far away: Galion, Ohio, which is outside the heart of Cleveburgh, but not too too far away. It gets to this great confusion that is not new in any way. Jobs out there going unfilled all while lots of folks unable to get to work. I'll embed the video below.