The State of Working Pennsylvania 2015

This year’s The State of Working Pennsylvania finds that this new threat to the state’s economy comes at a time when there is substantial excess capacity in the Pennsylvania labor market. As of July, the share of the working-age population with a job stood at 59.3% — just over two percentage points below the level before the Great Recession. The situation is no better for prime-age workers (25 to 54 years of age), 77.4% of whom had a job in the most recent year, which is almost 3 percentage points lower than before the Great Recession.