PA Department of Labor and Industry reported a significant drop in the unemployment rate, falling from 7.7% in July 2013 to 5.9% in July 2014. But let’s look at the calculations; there were 2,500 new jobs created in the last 12 months which is ok, and if this was all, unemployment rate would have dropped to only 6.7%. Then how did we moved down to 5.9%, where did the other 0.8% come from?
Inflation is back, although we have not completely felt it yet. Inflation over the 12 months was 2%, inflation rate in 2014 is 2.4% and in the last 3 months this rate has increased to 2.8%. Actual inflation is accelerating. (Original air-date 8/22/2014)
Although public education is available to all youth, the preparation of youngsters to start school varies widely. Some of the children may be enrolled in a formal Pre-K program; some may have engaged families or extended families. But what if they don’t? How can the child without those experiences adapt and excel? One answer that is locally being explored is Promise Neighborhoods. Join host Sally Handlon as she explores this new approach with guests Edward Meehan and Dr. Kamran Afshar. (Original air date, July 18, 2013.)