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Julia Fraser

Julia Fraser

Julia Fraser is a Pittsburgh Today staff writer and research specialist.

Working Women: Their Numbers Rise but Wages Lag

Deana Keenan’s career unfolds like an inspirational film. As a young woman, she left college to have children. She spent years working low-​wage jobs as a single mother until she reached a breaking point when her oldest son was murdered. She picked herself up and sought out job training programs in Pittsburgh, where…

Bridging the Digital Divide

On a Tuesday afternoon in October, a dozen teenagers gathered in a second-​floor room at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty. They didn’t come to check out books. They were building a haunted house based on Disney fairy tales. Two 17-​year-​old sisters, Hope and Honesty LeGrande, cut giant feathered wings for the costume…

Pittsburgh Unemployment Hits Dramatic New Low

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

Finding the Green for Green Spaces

Gathering Place in Tulsa, Okla. was named the best new attraction in America last year by USA Today. It’s a sprawling $465 million park with lakes, gardens, wetlands and an extravagant playground. Essentially, it’s a public park, built and maintained with private dollars, and in that regard, it’s an exception as urban public…

Region’s Demographics Changing

Southwestern Pennsylvania is starting to look more like the United States as the region’s population becomes more diverse, the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates suggest.

Population Slips Again

The Pittsburgh region’s population continued to slide in 2017, falling to 2,333,367 people, according to recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. It marked the fifth consecutive year population has declined in the seven-​county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Tipping the Scales

Southwestern Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of “healthy weight” adults among the Pittsburgh Today benchmark regions, according to 2016 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the most recent available.

The Parks Puzzle

While the origin of the expression, “a walk in the park,” is unclear, it’s a safe bet the author wasn’t a planner trying to stitch urban parks and trails together to create flowing greenways throughout a city like Pittsburgh.

Lowest in Decades

Unemployment in southwestern Pennsylvania fell again in December, ending a year that saw the jobless rate slip to levels last seen when the region’s steel industry still ruled the local economy.

Jobs Added In Region

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.
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