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Report Indicates That 'Two Pennsylvanias' Exist in State

Employment strong, but job growth leaves regions, industries behind


Change in Pennsylvania employment by county, 2008-2019

With the U.S. economy on track for potentially the longest expansion on record after the Great Recession of 2008-09, employment in Pennsylvania overall is strong. But the rosy statewide job numbers can mask persistent decline in various industries and regions across the state, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Their conclusions are reflected in a report newly released by Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development, titled "Pennsylvania: Bust to Boom? Great Recession to Recovery & Beyond."

The report is available on the Center for Ec...

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