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State Construction Trades Council leadership re-elected

07.02.14

JULY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

State Construction Trades Council leadership re-elected

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, June 20th- The current leadership of the Pennsylvania State Building and Construction Trades Council (PABCTC) labor federation in Harrisburg was recently re-elected to new four-year terms. The labor group represents more than 135,000 union construction workers throughout Pennsylvania. There are more than 3,500 signatory construction contractors affiliated with the labor organizations that are part of the federation.

Frank Sirianni was unanimously elected by the delegates of the 2014 Pennsylvania State Building Trades Convention that was held in Harrisburg on June 9th. Mr. Sirianni is a member of the International Association of Painters and Allied Trades (IAPAT) Union which represents painters, drywall workers, and glazing workers of the construction industry. Mr. Sirianni previously worked as an glazier.

Also, Walter Friedrich was elected as Secretary-Treasurer as well as all 19 Vice Presidents and Trustees.

“The PABCTC has been working to maintain the highest standards of safety, training, and quality in construction in the Commonwealth for decades. It is my honor to serve this great organization, and I look forward to continuing our work to preserve and expand good, high quality construction trades jobs in Pennsylvania with family sustaining pay and benefits,” Mr. Sirianni said. Mr. Sirianni was first elected in 2002.

Mr. Friedrich was first elected as the PABCTC Secretary/Treasurer in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

“Our Council and our members have been deeply involved in promoting the use of cost saving Project Labor Agreements and Responsible Contractors in Pennsylvania for construction projects like schools, state prisons and other large publicly and privately funded projects,” stated Mr. Friedrich.

Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate decreases to 6.2 percent

07.02.14

JULY 2014, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate decreases to 6.2 percent

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, June 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 6.2 percent, decreasing by two-tenths 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 8.0 percent.

There are fourteen MSA’s in Pennsylvania and the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA is tied with the Williamsport MSA for the fourth highest unemployment rate.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA continues to have the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 7.3 percent. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton MSA has had the highest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania for four consecutive years. The Johnstown MSA has the second highest unemployment rate at 6.9 percent, and the Philadelphia MSA has the third highest at 6.3 percent.

The State College MSA has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.2 percent. The Lancaster MSA has the second lowest unemployment rate in Pennsylvania at 4.6 percent, the Lebanon MSA is third at 4.7 percent, while the Harrisburg/Carlisle MSA is fourth at 5.0 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Pennsylvania is 5.7 percent, dropping by three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report, and decreasing by one and nine-tenths percentage points from twelve months before.

There are 368,000 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 6,443,000 and 6,075,000 of them have employment.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported to be 6.3 percent, dropping by four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. The national unemployment rate was down one and two-tenths of a percentage point from twelve months before, mainly because of workers that have exhausted their unemployment benefits due to the federal government not extending benefits for the long-termed jobless. After workers exhaust their unemployment benefits they are no longer counted within the civilian labor-force.

There are 9,753,000 civilians nationwide without employment but that number also does not include workers that have exhausted their unemployment benefits and stopped looking for work.

The Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has the third largest labor force in Pennsylvania with 429,000 civilians, decreasing by 5,800 during the past twelve months. There are 26,600 civilians without employment, dropping by 8,100 from one year ago.

The Philadelphia MSA has the largest seasonally adjusted labor force in Pennsylvania at 2,985,500 with 188,900 not working; and the Pittsburgh MSA has the second largest labor force at 1,247,700 with 69,500 without jobs.

Carbon County has the highest unemployment rate in the MSA at 6.7 percent, decreasing by seven-tenths of a percentage point from the month before. Carbon County has a civilian labor force of 31,700, with 2,100 without employment, dropping by 1,000 during the past twelve months.

Lehigh County has the lowest unemployment rate within the MSA at 5.9 percent, dropping by six-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Lehigh County has a civilian labor force of 183,900 with 10,800 without jobs.

Northampton County has a unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down six-tenths of a percentage point from the previous report. Northampton County has a civilian labor force of 154,300 with 9,400 jobless.