JOBS1stPA: Putting Pennsylvanians Back to Work
Governor Tom Corbett has made job growth his number one priority and today we are seeing the results from his common sense reforms. Since taking office, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stands at a five-year low, and Pennsylvania businesses have created more than 175,000 private sector jobs.
The Governor has fought for Pennsylvania workers and Pennsylvania employers who want to grow and create jobs for our residents.
• The Governor continues to prioritize business assistance programs that are directly tied to job growth and has championed new initiatives to strengthen manufacturing, encourage energy development, and increase the collaboration of colleges and universities, and business to spur innovation.
• The Governor eliminated the inheritance tax on small business and family farms, meaning these businesses which drive Pennsylvania’s economy can be passed down to family members without an egregious tax attached.
• Recognized as the BIO Governor of the Year in 2013, the governor’s strong support of the Life Sciences is ensuring this key industry, currently employing nearly 80,000 Pennsylvanians, continues to grow in the commonwealth.
• For the second year in a row, Pennsylvania was awarded a prestigious Silver Shovel Award by Area Development magazine for excellence in U.S. state economic development. The awards recognize states with the most significant industrial groundbreakings or expansions each year.
• Pennsylvania Ranks First in Northeast Region for new, expanded corporate facilities. According to Site Selection Magazine, Pennsylvania has more successful projects than all other eight northeast states combined. For the third year in a row, Pennsylvania also broke the top five nationally, ranking fourth nationwide for new or expanded corporate facilities in 2013.
• Pennsylvania launched JobGateway, a job search and placement website that helps Pennsylvanians looking for work identify opportunities near them, find training for positions they have interest in and find out what industries are hiring the most in their region.
• When the federal government reduced unemployment benefits, the governor was able to commit more state dollars to help Pennsylvanians in need as they search for employment.
• The Governor reformed the state’s county assistance offices, placing an emphasis on job placement to ensure Pennsylvanians in need are seeing results.
• The Governor championed Act 13 which allows for the environmentally safe development of our natural gas industry which employs more than 200,000 people in direct and indirect positions statewide.