Friday, March 18, 2011

Pennsylvania Jobless Rate Falls To 8% In February

Friday, March 18, 2011
By Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The state unemployment rate dropped to 8 percent in February from January's 8.3 percent rate, the state Department of Labor and Industry reported Thursday.

Pennsylvania also reported there were 30,000 more people working statewide in February than there were in January.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is now nearly a full percentage point below the rest of the nation, which logged 8.9 percent unemployment for the month.

Still, the news is actually not good for the long-term unemployed. This week the state announced that unemployment benefits would be reduced from 99 weeks to 93 weeks because, in January, the unemployment rate fell below 8.4 percent and that automatically triggered a reduction in the number of weeks that benefits would be paid.

The January unemployment rate was originally reported at 8.2 percent, but later revised to 8.3 percent. It was the average for November, December and January that triggered the reduction in federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Job Fair Success

90 Pittsburgh area companies and 1,400 job seekers attended the 10th annual Spring Pittsburgh Diversity employment Expo. A special thanks to all who attended and helped make this event so successful! A special thanks to the staff at Consol Energy Center!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spring 2011 Pittsburgh Diversity Employment Education Expo March 15th - Over 85 Companies on Hand

The 10th annual Pittsburgh Diversity Employment Expo Job Fair series will begin this year on March 15th at Consol Energy Center from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Interest is already high among local Pittsburgh employers and over 85 companies are expected to be on hand. P

Produced by the Pittsburgh office of and co-sponsored by The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh in association with AARP Foundation WorkSearch and the Allegheny County Department of Veteran's Affairs, featuring career opportunities from Consol Energy, Inc, this event is open to the general public and free for all job seekers.

Positions being offered will be in healthcare, nursing, oil/gas, manufacturing, banking/finance, sales, customer service, retail, military, hospitality, drivers, social services and much more.

Pre-registration for job seekers is not required but doing so will allow faster entrance at the door by-passing the registration table! Job Seekers may pre-register by clicking here.

Pittsburgh area employers are invited to find out more about how they can attend by emailing

Here is the current company list which will be added to as we get closer to the event:

ADP Business Services

All-State Career School

Alorica (customer service and sales)

Aramark CONSOL Energy Center

Arc Human Services


Army National Guard

AVI Food Systems

Bethany Hospice


Callos Companies (office/clerical, manufacturing and more)

Center For Family Planning Research (Magee Hospital)

Institute For Transfusion Medicine (Central Blood Bank)

Citizen Care, Inc

City of Pittsburgh

Combined Insurance


Community College of Allegheny County

Community Options

Commute Info

Consol Energy, Inc (engineering and more)

Dish Network

Dollar Bank

Duncan Land + Energy (marcellus shale jobs)

Eaton Corp

ePeople Healthcare

Face 2 Face Sales Solutions

Family Behavioral Recources

Farmers Insurance Group

FedEx SmartPost

First Commonwealth Bank

First National Bank of PA

First Niagara

Five Star Quality Care

G4S Secure Solutions (security guards)

Gallagher Home Health Services

Garfield Jubilee Association

Gateway Health Plan

Geneva College

Glade Run Lutheran Services

GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance

Golden Living Centers



HHGregg Appliances and Electronics (new retail)

Home Depot

Jim Shorkey Family Auto Group (sales)

Kaplan Career Institute

Life Pittsburgh

Life's Work

Lifesteps, Inc.


Mainstay Life Services

Maxim Healthcare

Monumental Life Insurance

Moriarty Consultants, Inc (Home Healthcare)

NCO (call center)

Northwood Realty

Pittsburgh Job Corp Center

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh Tech. Institute-PTI

Premier Pan Company (manufacturing)

Prospector's Group (sales)

Prudential Financial

Prudential Preferred Realty

Quest Diagnostics

Rent a Center (sales, delivery drivers)

Sanford Brown

Sears Stores

South Hills Movers (drivers, helpers)

Southwood Psychiatric Hospital

Steel Town Promotions

StoneMor Partners (sales)

Strayer University

Transitional Services

U.S. Army R.O.T.C.

U.S. Navy

United Health Group (Claims Representative Associates)

United Insurance


Valvoline Oil Change Centers

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System