Regional News

Jobs Added In Region

by Julia Fraser
The Pittsburgh region closed out 2018 with an uptick in employment opportunities as employers added 17,100 jobs in December, a year-​over-​year increase of 0.8 percent dating to December 2017, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Mandating Affordable Housing: A Complex Zoning Challenge

by Jeffery Fraser
One Pittsburgh neighborhood could soon test a brand of zoning that requires developers to include affordable housing in new market-​rate projects as a way to build the inventory of units available for residents earning less than the city’s median income.

Desperate for Affordable Housing, Cities Try Rewriting Zoning Laws

by Jeffery Fraser
The last Penn Plaza apartments were vacated on a cold February day in 2017, ending an exodus of 200 tenants from one of the largest complexes of affordable housing in Pittsburgh. News that the private owner planned to raze the apartments to accommodate upscale development caught the city off guard…

Local Unemployment Slides Lower

by Julia Fraser
Unemployment fell in November throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, continuing the downward trend seen for most of 2018. But peer regions did a better job whittling away at their unemployment rates, as has also been the case over the past year.

Local Jobs Growing Slowly

by Julia Fraser
Employers in southwestern Pennsylvania continued to add to their payrolls as 2018 comes to a close. But they did so at a slower pace than most other peer regions.

The Quality of Life Survey Results Are In

by Jeffery Fraser
Allegheny County residents say their quality of life has improved since they were last surveyed seven years ago, with more of them reporting rising incomes and expressing greater confidence in the local economy.

Paychecks on the Rise

by Julia Fraser
Wages in southwestern Pennsylvania are rising steadily. In fact, the rate of increase was greater than all but two of the 15 Pittsburgh Today’s benchmark regions in the second quarter of 2018.

Housing Prices Rise

by Julia Fraser
Housing prices in the Pittsburgh region continue to climb, but not at the same rate as the hot real estate markets in some of Pittsburgh Today’s benchmark regions.

Soda Tax Works in Philly, but Officials Here Aren’t Sure They Can Do It

by Julia Fraser
Taxes on sugary beverages seem like a sweet deal with their potential to whittle down obesity and diabetes rates while boosting city revenues to help pay for things like better schools and parks. Yet, they require broad public and political support to adopt over industry opposition.

Airing Concern

by Jeffery Fraser
Historically lower ozone pollution levels in southwestern Pennsylvania do not impress residents of Allegheny County whose concern is rising over the quality of the air they breathe.

Unemployment Stays Low

by Julia Fraser
Southwestern Pennsylvania still enjoys relatively low unemployment, but the region’s rate remains higher than the national average.

Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser: Are Cities with Soda Taxes Better Off?

by Julia Fraser
Improving city schools and parks may not have been novel campaign promises, but when it came to funding such aspirations, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney had something new to say. He championed the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages to help fund schools, pre-​kindergarten classes, parks and libraries.

Region Adds Jobs

by Julia Fraser
Pittsburgh may have lost its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, but the region picked up more jobs in October.

Scrimping to Get By

Paying their housing costs is a struggle for an alarming number of Americans across the country and Allegheny County is no exception.

State Store Monopoly Wins Few Hearts

If it were up to them, Allegheny County residents would put an end to Pennsylvania’s state store system, which has given the state a monopoly on the sale of wine and spirits since the repeal of prohibition.
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