Senator Bob Mensch E-Newsletter

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Pennsylvania Labor Force Data (February 2021)

  • Civilian Labor Force – 6.330 million
  • Employment – 5.867 million
  • Unemployment – 463,000
  • PA Unemployment rate – 7.3%
  • S. Unemployment rate – 6.2%
  • Total nonfarm jobs up 16,600 to 5.657 million in February
  • Jobs increased in 8 of the 11 industry super sectors
    • Largest volume gain was in leisure and hospitality – +12,800
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Senator Mensch’s Legislation

  • Forward-facing Employment Data – Senate Bill 168
    • The goal of this legislation is to expand the information collected so that the department looks at the job markets of the future. This forward-facing data can be used by educational institutions, among others, to prepare the Commonwealth’s workforce for the jobs of the future. Several other states have expanded the scope of data collected by their Labor Departments for this very same reason.

Pennsylvania must join this movement to remain competitive and to ensure our workers are trained and prepared for the jobs that will be in demand in the next 5 or 10 years.

This bill requires L&I to collect and disseminate data on emerging and projected future employment sectors in the Commonwealth. Other Commonwealth departments will be required to work with L&I to help identify emerging labor markets. Each year, L&I will be required to send the information on forward-facing employment to all educational institutions in the Commonwealth. Each educational institution will be required to provide the information to those individuals who are responsible for vocational and educational guidance to be used to plan and develop career education or vocational programs.

Small Business Resources

Information for Employees & Workers

For assistance with unemployment, or any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office. If you run into trouble contacting unemployment for your initial claim, haven’t received a PIN or handbook, or filed a Bi-Weekly claim and it hasn’t been activated yet, please feel free to contact our office at 215-541-2388,, or Please include your full name, home address, phone number, full social security number, and a full description of your issue when emailing or calling

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