More jobs than unemployed creates challenges for local businesses

There are about 55,000 jobs available in Central Pennsylvania and only around 30,000 people looking for work in the region. That’s according to data collected by South Central Pennsylvania (SCPa) Works this summer.

What does this mean for the region’s economy and wages for its workers? Are we cultivating the right kind of jobs for the workforce we have? Are we adequately training a workforce for a 21st century economy? And how does this square with the national narrative that America is hemorrhaging jobs?

WITF’s Smart Talk program addressed these questions with Jesse McCree, CEO of SCPa Works, Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and Jeff Newman, Central PA Labor Market Analyst, PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information & Analysis.