Labor numbers and job training / Author with unique Lincoln book


What to look for on Smart Talk, Wednesday, July 31, 2019:

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was at a record low of 3.8% in June.

That’s according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s June report. State records date back to 1976.

The national unemployment rate went up one-tenth of a percentage point from May to 3.7%.

The employment numbers are so good that many employers are having trouble filling positions. However, there is another issue — some employers can’t find workers with the skills they need to adequately perform the jobs they have open.

South Central PA Works funds employment and training programs across the region and helps businesses build talent pipelines to fill workforce demands.

Joining Wednesday’s Smart Talkto discuss job growth and training initiatives are Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development at the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Jessie McCree, CEO of South Central PA Works, and Jeff Newman of the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis.


(Left to right) Jeff Newman, Jessie McCree and Eileen Cipriani

Also, Abraham Lincoln left a legacy of persuasion and decorum.

Joseph Roda’s book Abraham Lincoln and Making a Case: The Story of a Master discusses Lincoln’s rise to presidency and his unique ability to captivate audiences with speech. It dissects the effects of Lincoln’s “masterful use of fact, logic and emotion.”

Roda appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to share his insights about a unique aspect of Lincoln.

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Joseph Roda