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March 2020

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Manufacturing Jobs Highlighted

Representative. Jim Struzzi and I had the pleasure of hosting DCED Secretary Dennis Davin for a visit to Indiana County on March 6. We toured the NORMA Group Plant in Saltsburg along with other officials and representatives of Indiana County. NORMA is providing over 200 quality manufacturing jobs in our region and is a demonstration of the important role high-tech manufacturing has in our economy.

Many thanks to Secretary Davin for taking the time to visit and also to the kind folks at NORMA Group for giving us an informative tour. It’s always good to join together in promoting workforce development in our great Commonwealth!

Census 2020 – Everyone Counts

In the coming days every household across America will receive a 2020 Census form as the United States gathers basic information about our current national population. Keep in mind that participating in the Census is required by law and an accurate count is critical for you and your community.

The Census provides crucial data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide services, products, and support for you and your community. Billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census information.

In addition, the census also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and it is also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Therefore, it is vital that you complete the Census and remember — everyone counts!

Visiting With Local Cub Scouts

I recently had the opportunity to visit and speak with Cub Scout Pack 556 in Armstrong County. They are currently working to earn their Build a Better World merit badge and had to speak with a government official as a requirement. I enjoyed visiting with them and wish them success in their future endeavors.

Coronavirus Resources

The Pennsylvania Health Department has useful information to keep you up to date on what you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak.

Learn about the coronavirus, including how it’s spread and how to protect yourself, here.

REAL IDs Now Available

REAL ID driver’s licenses and photo ID cards are now available to residents who want one. After October 1, 2020, a REAL ID or a federally approved alternative will be required to board commercial flights or enter secure federal buildings.

Find out how to obtain one from PENNDOT here:

Celebrating Read Across America Week

To celebrate Read Across America week, I had the great honor to read to both Kindergarten classes at Ben Franklin Elementary School on March 6. I read the classic, ‘Cat in the Hat’ by Dr. Seuss along with another favorite, ‘If you take a Mouse to School.’

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate at 4.7 Percent

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry recently released its employment situation report for January 2020.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point over the month to 4.7 percent in January. The national rate was also up a tenth from December to 3.6 percent. The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate increased by six-tenths of a percentage point from January 2019 while the national rate was down four-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Pennsylvania’s civilian labor force – the estimated number of residents working or looking for work – was up 11,000 over the month to a record high of 6,549,000 due to gains in both employment and unemployment. Pennsylvania’s total nonfarm jobs rose 13,500 from December to a record high of 6,093,000.

Mark Your Calendar

I will host a town meeting in Export, Westmoreland County, on Thursday, March 26. The public meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Export Volunteer Fire Department/Legion Hall, 5778 Kennedy Avenue (Old William Penn Highway), Export. All local residents are cordially invited to attend the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

I am pleased to join with my colleagues Representatives Jim Struzzi, Jeff Pyle, and Cris Dush to partner with the PA CareerLink® Indiana County and Indiana County officials for the Indiana County Employment Expo 2020 which will be held April 7 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Veterans will be admitted at noon and the doors will open to the public at 12:30 p.m. The event will run until 4 p.m.

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