Friday, June 15, 2012


Since it is obligatory to comment on the annual Anthrocon convention which seems to be destined for Pittsburgh from now on. If you look at the latest jobs data just out for May, it is for Pittsburgh the highest job count for a May ever.  No news there of course.

There is a new surge in "Hospitality and Leisure" employment which may be in small part due to our Furry friends (is Furry capitalized?)

But the growth in that sector is nowhere near enough to offset what is the lowest construction employment in the region for a May in many years.   For one comparison there are 11,400 fewer jobs being reported in the construction sector in Pittsburgh this May than in May of 2008 which goes to show the impact of some large projects.  Put in perspective a bit... if we had those 11,400 extra jobs this month it would be by significant margin the largest job count in the region ever.  Alas I still say September will be a new all time job count for the region. 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty scathing editorial in Sundays Trib regarding those employment numbers. Although it was pretty unfair to use 2001 as a baseline for job growth in the region.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

It is an amazingly ironic comparison actually since the 2001 employment in the region is so buoyed by the stadia construction and other big publicly subsidized projects that the Trib editorial folks were so opposed to as I recall.

That and it skips that we have had this decade of demographic decline, in particular a decline in the elderly population across the whole decade that impacts jobs numbers directly yet is not a reflection on current policies. You at least have to take that into account if you are going to compare how we are doing today with a decade ago.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 9:09:00 PM  
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