As part of the Solarize Philly program, the city is training Philadelphia public school students for future jobs on the solar industry. Danaje Elliott, on the right, was one of 18 students that completed the training this summer.
Kathleen J. Davis was born and raised in the great state of Michigan in a city just north of Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a degree in political science.
As General Assignment Reporter, Kathleen covers a little bit of everything. She also contributes to the Pittsburgh Tech Report and Good Question! series.
(Undated) — Despite high employment and wage increases for Pennsylvanians last year, black residents aren’t seeing the same amount of growth.
The latest jobs report from the left-leaning Keystone Research Center finds that for black Pennsylvanians, the unemployment rate is more than twice that of their white counterparts, 8.4 percent compared to just under 4 percent. Additionally, adjusting for inflation, their median wage is 10 percent lower today than it was 40 years ago.
For white Pennsylvanians, wages have grown over the same time period.
“What’s going on in Pennsylvania mirrors a lot of what’s going on here in Pittsburgh,” said University of Pittsburgh economist Chris Briem. “The labor force is strong, unemployment rate is low, but that doesn’t mean everyone is benefiting.”
The report recommends the commonwealth promote inclusive economic growth by raising the minimum wage and ensuring overtime pay for salaried workers. It also recommends increasing the minimum salary for teachers in Pennsylvania, which is currently set at $18,500.