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Bill O'Toole

Bill O’Toole

Bill O’Toole is a staff writer with Pittsburgh Quarterly. His beats include public safety, transportation, government and housing. Before returning to his native Pittsburgh, he spent several years reporting in Myanmar.

Region Sees Very Slight Increase in Jobs

After two months of decline, jobs in the seven-​county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area increased by .08 percent from December 2018 through December 2019, according U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The increase was the second-​lowest growth among Pittsburgh Today benchmark regions.

Local Unemployment Nudges Upward

Unemployment rates in the Pittsburgh region continued their slight but steady climb in November, according to preliminary figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Last Place: Job Growth Continues Downward Trend

Job growth in Western Pennsylvania continued to slide in November. It was the second consecutive month of decline following several years of steady, if weak, growth.

Local Wages Rise, but Growth is Slow

Wages in the seven-​county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical area continued to grow in the second quarter of 2019, but at a slower rate than the average among Pittsburgh Today benchmark regions, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Widening Wage Gap Separates White and Minority Workers

The gap between white and minority workers grew by a whopping 62 percent from 2007 to 2017 in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Job Growth Declines, Bucking Recent Trends

After several years of steady, if tepid, employment growth, the Pittsburgh region lost 3,000 jobs over the latest 12-​month period reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

Stuck in Traffic

Motorists in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area spent nearly two days of their lives sitting in traffic in 2017, according to new data from the Texas Transportation Institute.

A Slight Dip, but Workforce Numbers Hold Steady

Despite a slight increase in the unemployment rates, overall workforce trends in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area continued to mostly hold steady through September, according to preliminary figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
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