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Allentown Mayor Pawlowski receives several labor endorsements

12.30.13

JANUARY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Allentown Mayor Pawlowski receives several labor endorsements

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, December 14th- the labor community has begun to take sides in the May 2014 Democratic party race that will determine who will get the chance to run against the current anti-union Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in November 2014.

Currently, there are at least seven candidates that have put there names in for consideration for the Democratic party 2014 gubernatorial nomination, including Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

Mr. Pawlowski along with Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord and United States House of Representative Allyson Schwartz (13th Legislative District) in a recently released statewide poll had higher numbers head-to-head than Mr. Corbett.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,061 registered voters throughout Pennsylvania and Mr. Pawlowski, Mr. McCord and Ms. Schwartz lead Mr. Corbett leading into the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. Meanwhile, the labor community have begun to endorse for the 2014 primary election.Treasurer McCord has been endorsed by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 13 in Harrisburg and the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters for the 2014 primary. Mr. Pawlowski was endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union Local 375 on Liberty Street in Allentown and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union Local 420 in Reading, which represents Iron Workers union members throughout the Lehigh Valley. Local 420 merged with Local 36 during 2013. Local 36 was previously located in Whitehall Township and represented Iron Workers members throughout the Lehigh Valley.

“Mayor Pawlowski’s record of supporting working families is second to none. Just look what he has done in Allentown, putting hundreds of men and women to work with the downtown arena project. It’s all about jobs, and Mayor Pawlowski is creating more jobs in Allentown every day, and he’ll do the same as our next Governor,” stated Paul Anthony Jr., Business Manager and Principal Officer of Local 375.

Meanwhile Gary Martin, Business Manager and Principal Officer of Local 420 said Mr. Pawlowski has shown his support for the labor community by being involved with the recently held anti-right-to-work rally at the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville.

“Mayor Pawlowski gas supported working families throughout his term as Mayor, and we’re proud to endorse him. He’s done a great job putting our brothers and sisters in labor back to work in Allentown, and we’re confident he will do the same around the state as Governor of Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Martin.

Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate drops to 7.7 percent

12.30.13

JANUARY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate drops to 7.7 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, December 9th- According to labor data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Center for Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, decreasing by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. The Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties of Pennsylvania and Warren County, New Jersey. Twelve months ago the unemployment rate for the region was at 8.7 percent. The last time the unemployment rate was lower was in February 2009, the agency reported.

There are fourteen Metropolitan Statistical Area’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the fourth highest unemployment rate.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 9.2 percent. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, and the Philadelphia MSA is third at 7.9 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.8 percent. The Lebanon MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 5.9 percent, the Lancaster MSA is third at 6.1 percent, while the Harrisburg MSA has the fourth lowest at 6.6 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 7.5 percent, dropping by one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report, and decreasing by five-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

There are 485,000 Pennsylvania residents without jobs, but that number does not include residents that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and stopped looking for work.

Pennsylvania has a seasonally adjusted workforce of 6,471,000 and 5,987,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 7.3 percent, an increase of one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous report. The national unemployment rate was down six-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before.

There are 11,272,000 civilians nationwide without employment but that number also does not include workers that have exhausted their unemployment and stopped looking for work.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 437,300 civilians and 33,600 have no employment. The Philadelphia MSA has the largest seasonally adjusted labor force at 3,004,600 with 236,400 not working; and the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,257,000 with 84,200 without jobs. The Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA has the fourth largest civilian labor force at 284,200.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 8.7 percent, decreasing by four-tenths of a percentage point from the month before. Carbon County has a seasonally adjusted civilian labor force of 32,300, the smallest within the MSA, with 2,800 unemployed.

Northampton County has the highest unemployment rate within the MSA at 7.7 percent, unchanged from the previous report but dropping by one and one-tenth of a percentage point from twleve months ago. Northampton County has a civilian labor force of 155,800. There are 12,000 civilians unemployed within the county.

Lehigh County’s unemployment rate decreased by five-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report and one and two-tenths of a percentage point from one year before to 7.5 percent. Lehigh County has the largest civilian labor force in the MSA with 185,500. Lehigh County has 14,000 civilians unemployed, decreasing by 1,000 from the month before and 2,500 from the year before.