Profile of Pennsylvania’s Unemployed Report Released

From United Way of Pennsylvania (


Today, United Way of Pennsylvania participated in a statewide press conference and statewide conference call with state Labor & Industry Secretary Sandi Vito to unveil a Profile of Pennsylvania’s Unemployed.


The report is designed to help lawmakers and the general public make more informed decisions about job creation policies and assistance for unemployed people, this report provides a comprehensive profile of unemployed Pennsylvanians.


The document presents the basic facts on Pennsylvania’s unemployed, including their demographic characteristics and educational background, where they live, their work histories, and the industries and occupations of their last job.


Some interesting facts from the report include:


  • Most unemployed Pennsylvanians are of prime working age. Fully 92 percent are aged 20 or older and nearly six out of every 10 are aged 25 to 54. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Pennsylvania’s long-term unemployed – those unemployed for more than 26 weeks – are aged 25 to 54.
  • The geographic distribution of unemployed people similarly reflects the population distribution of the state, while rural areas and central cities have higher rates of joblessness than most suburban areas. The 22 Pennsylvania counties with unemployment above 10 percent in June 2010 included 20 rural counties and the city of Philadelphia.
  • Most people who are unemployed in Pennsylvania have an extensive work history. Of Pennsylvanians unemployed in 2009, roughly half had no previous unemployment claims from 2001 to 2007. Over this same period, 80 percent worked at least five of seven years.
  • Many of Pennsylvania’s unemployed have significant education. Four out of every 10 unemployed Pennsylvanians – some 233,000 people in the first half of 2010 – have more than a high school education. Eight out of 10 of Pennsylvania’s unemployed people – over half a million unemployed people in the first half of 2010 – have at least a high school diploma.

To access the report go to


Read the Labor and Industry Press Release at

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