Regional News

On the Water

The sun shines more often. Valleys are greening. Summer is on the horizon. And southwestern Pennsylvanians are taking to the region’s abundant streams, rivers and lakes for recreation, as they do each season in impressive numbers.

Jobs Grow Slowly

Jobs edged up in southwestern Pennsylvania in April compared to the previous year, but the rate of growth was slower than in most of its peer regions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

More People Are Leaving the Region. Does It matter?

by Jeffery Fraser
Sometime in 2008, more people began moving into the cities and suburbs of southwestern Pennsylvania from other parts of the country than were leaving for places and opportunities elsewhere. It was a watershed moment, the long-​awaited reversal of a decades-​long trend of being on the losing end of U.S. migration…

Could Uber/​Lyft Replace Paratransit Vans?

by Jeffery Fraser
Paratransit vans can be spotted in almost any neighborhood picking up patients whose means, health, or proximity to public transit makes getting to their doctor appointment or medical treatment a hardship. The government-​funded vans have done the job for years. But, in a growing number of U.S. counties, the expansion…

Historically Low Unemployment With a Twist

Unemployment in southwestern Pennsylvania hovered at a historically low level in March, despite revisions that wiped away February’s record low.

A Greener View

by Jeffery Fraser
People in the heart of southwestern Pennsylvania have adopted a rosier view of the region’s environment in recent years.

The Pittsburgh Flip

Tom Maiden has been renting in the city of Pittsburgh for decades. He has a well-​paid job as manager of user services at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and while he’s never shut the door on the idea of buying a home, the ease and convenience of renting is too compelling.

Is Cannabis Safe and Effective?

by Jeffery Fraser
Antoine Douaihy is intrigued by the use of marijuana to treat chronic pain. As an addiction specialist, he’s keenly aware of the value of safe and effective alternatives to prescribing opioids. Several studies suggest pot could be one, at least with some patients, and pain is one of 21 state-​approved…

High Times for Cannabis

by Jeffery Fraser
Solveo Wellness opened its doors as Pittsburgh’s first medical marijuana dispensary in February 2018 to customers young and old who braved the cold in a line that wrapped around its Squirrel Hill building. It was warmer in August, but the scene was the same when the dispensary added cannabis flower…

Unemployment Drops As Workforce Expands

Southwestern Pennsylvania saw unemployment continue to fall in February and, over the previous 12 months, added more than 8,000 workers to its workforce, which has struggled to expand in recent years, U.S. Bureau of Labor data show.

Never-​Ending Gap

The wide gap between incomes earned by white and black workers is a national phenomenon that won’t go away. And it’s particularly severe in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Region Adds Jobs, But Pace Slows

Employers in southwestern Pennsylvania continued to add jobs last month, but there are signs that job creation, which has been on the rise in recent years, could be slowing.

Degrees of Influence

by Jeffery Fraser
Question: Who in Allegheny County is more likely to own the home they live in — residents with a college degree, those with some college or other post-​secondary schooling, or those who never took their formal education beyond high school?

Pittsburgh Unemployment Hits Dramatic New Low

Southwestern Pennsylvania opened the year with the lowest unemployment the region has seen in nearly 50 years.

Local Economy Stays Healthy

Pittsburgh’s spirited bid fell short of landing Amazon’s second headquarters and the 25,000 jobs it promised last year, but the southwestern Pennsylvania economy continued encouraging trends in job growth, wages and unemployment on its own.
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