Pennsylvania Employment and Education

Employment figures climb across the Key State. Between 2003 and 2004, over 60K jobs were created. These jobs were in the agricultural, health care and manufacturing industries. Earnings rose 1.8% from 2003 to 2004. For all of 2005, the unemployment rate was 5%. It has since dropped and was at 4.8% in July of 2006.

Education is a priority for the residents in Pennsylvania. They have 3,262 and spend $9,731 on each student annually. The report card shows 78% of 4th graders and 69% of 8th graders had met the basic requirements for math in 2003. Those numbers increased in 2005 to 82% and 72% respectively. The graduation rate is up to 81.9%.