Pennsylvania’s employers coping with high unemployment insurance costs and a diminished labor force could have relief soon, thanks to recently announced grants from Gov. Tom Corbett. These JOBS1st PA Regional Partnership grants are part of his Talented Workers initiative, taking aim at workforce and economic development, as well as employer-led training programs throughout the state.

At the moment, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has been trending in a positive direction. According to the Department of Labor and Industry, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent for February, the lowest level since November of 2008. That is also 1.5 percent lower year-over-year.

On another positive note, the civilian labor force grew by 15,000 in February, with more than 6.4 million people either working or looking for employment in the state.

Grants seek to improve workforce
“Developing a well-educated and trained workforce is critical to growing Pennsylvania’s economy,” Gov. Corbett said in a statement. “We are building opportunities for local partners to be creative and coordinate workforce recruitment, training programs, and local employer needs at a regional level.”

Thanks to the JOBS1st PA Regional Partnership grants, more than $4 million in funding will now be available for the state’s employers. Grants are expected to range between $25,000 to $500,000. Any employers that are part of Local Workforce Investment Boards and Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance partners are eligible to apply for these grants by April 8, 2014. Grants are likely to be awarded as early as May.

The idea behind the grants is to provide the needed funding to both strengthen and expand Pennsylvania’s labor force, ideally helping employers reduce unemployment insurance costs and be more productive. Gov. Corbett emphasized the importance of strengthening regional partnerships and improving workforce development efforts. The JOBS1st PA program was started in 2012 and has been relatively successful, as the state’s unemployment rate has steadily dropped since that time. In addition, the number of jobs have also increased over that period, and consistent growth is expected to continue for the near future.

Juggling tax rates, expenses and difficult employees can become challenging at your company. Here at Corporate Cost Control, we understand these problems and are well positioned to help. Our extensive background in cost control and human resources will allow you to better manage your unemployment insurance expenses.


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