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Big picture missed

Letter To The Editor
| Friday, April 12, 2013 8:57 p.m

Big picture missed

In his Business story “Pennsylvania’s jobless rate falls to 8.1% as many give up looking for work” (March 23 and, Thomas Olson had isolated February facts straight, but missed the big picture. It is important to look beyond one month’s statistics to get an accurate understanding of how Pennsylvania’s economy is performing.

February was the seventh consecutive month that Pennsylvania added jobs. Total nonfarm jobs are up from a year ago and the private sector has gained 115,600 jobs since Gov. Corbett took office. Pennsylvania’s labor force was up 93,000 over February 2012 and as recently as January was at a record high. Pennsylvania’s February labor force was still the second highest on record.

These trends show that our economy is improving and growing.

Julia Hearthway


The writer is secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

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