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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Pennsylvania: Unemployment Figures

Posted by DavidNYC

As I mentioned in the post below about Ohio, I made a mistake when I looked at Pennsylvania's unemployment statistics. I thought I was looking at the seasonally adjusted numbers, and in fact I was - but only for the overall statewide unemployment figures. However, the county-by-county numbers (and the maps that depict them) were not seasonally adjusted. So while I thought that the employment situation had improved in many PA counties (which mostly happened to be Republican ones), I was mistaken.

So I went back and did another comparison. I looked at Jan. `01 vs. Jan. `03 and Aug. `01 vs. Aug. `03. In the latter case, unemployment had worsened in 39 of 67 counties. In the former, unemployment worsened in a whopping 62 counties, and GOP strongholds were among the hardest hit. So no matter how you slice it, the employment situation is tough across all of PA.

Posted at 05:56 PM in Pennsylvania | Technorati


I was listening to one of Rush Limbaugh's fill-ins rag on Gov. Taft in Ohio. Taft is linked to some tax increase thing.

The GOP can't hold Ohio and have a revolt in the base over taxes.

This should be a good opportunity for the Dems. Having Evan Bayh on the ticket should help with Ohio.

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