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As restrictions lift, reopened Pa. businesses cast a wary eye towards the future

“A lot of restaurant operators are saying, ‘Lemme just get to April.’ It’s going to be warmer outside, windows open, people wanting to go out. So there is some hope.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

For Pennsylvania restaurants, ‘the employment situation is catastrophic’

As of October, the region’s restaurants employed about 57,000 workers, a sharp drop from the more than 88,000 working in those establishments a year ago, according to an analysis by regional economist Chris Briem at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Social and Urban Research.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

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Pennsylvania jobless rate falls — because labor force shrank

The unemployment rate fell only because of a big drop in the state’s civilian labor force, and the state has yet to recover many of the jobs lost to the economic impact of the coronavirus.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

Updated: October 16, 2020 | 11:00 am

Pennsylvania sees another big monthly drop in jobless rate

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 8.1% in September, down 2.3 percentage points from August’s adjusted rate of 10.4%, the state Department of Labor and Industry said.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

‘We stand very strong’: Community sharing helps African businesses in Philly stay afloat during COVID-19

“Susu” is  a kind of informal loan club popular in Philadelphia’s African business community. The concept is practiced worldwide under a variety of names.

By Miles Bryan/Keystone Crossroads

Audit faults Wolf’s business shutdown waiver program

The audit, which is ongoing, has uncovered significant problems that created an uneven playing field for businesses across Pennsylvania, state Auditor Eugene DePasquale said.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Survey finds business owners adapting to COVID-19 pandemic changes despite economic concern

One-quarter of businesses in the commonwealth have cut workers since the start of the pandemic and nearly one-third reduced the number of hours employees worked.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA