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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.
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!
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: https://www.dmv.pa.gov/realid/pages/default.aspx.
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.
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