Things looking grim for unemployed

Posted on September 30th, 2010 in News and Commentary

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETETE:  With an estimated five applicants for every job, times are tough for Pennsylvania’s unemployed, and there’s no relief in sight, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Department of Labor and Industry.

The report shows that by the end of the year, 157,500 Pennsylvanians will have been unemployed so long they will longer be eligible for regular and emergency unemployment compensation, which ends after 99 weeks.  That number could be as high as 304,000 by April.

“We are facing the longest period of high joblessness since the Great Depression,” Labor Secretary Sandi Vito said…. (more)

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