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News Series Entry: MoneyWorks

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Jan 28, 2013 6:48 PM

In 2012, witf's Craig Layne's series of MoneyWorks reports looked at efforts to deal with the struggling economy in central Pennsylvania. This entry consists of four examples of his work:

Part one:

(Harrisburg) -- Higher fuel prices have railroads across America expanding their facilities as companies choose fuel-efficient freight shipping on trains. In the midstate, Norfolk Southern is improving its yards and expanding its workforce. As part of our MoneyWorks series, witf's Craig Layne takes a look at how job seekers are benefiting from the trend...

 Part two:

(Fort Indiantown Gap) -- The unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is more than a percentage point higher than the national average of 8.2 percent. The military says joblessness among its former members has fallen dramatically in the last year, from more than 13 percent, due to efforts to place veterans in jobs. One of those programs took place recently at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Among the attendees was Jeremy Murtorff from New Cumberland, Cumberland County. He served with the Pennsylvania National Guard in Iraq and returned home in 2009 -- but tells witf's Craig Layne his job was gone when he got back...

 Part three:

(Carlisle) -- Since 1985, "Project SHARE" in Carlisle, Cumberland County, has helped feed about one-thousand households each month. This year, the food pantry has expanded its operations to donated space at a farm stand and a small parcel of farmland. As part of our MoneyWorks project, witf's Craig Layne speaks with "Project SHARE" founder Elaine Livas about the role of the stand at Buttonwood Farm.

 Part four:

(Harrisburg) -- Employers and the state are working to close the so-called "skills gap." The gap occurs when jobs are available, but people lack the education and training to be hired. As part of our MoneyWorks series, witf's Craig Layne looks at what's being done to correct what could be a growing problem in Pennsylvania...

 

 

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