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Mark Price

Pa. reports largest drop in jobless rate since '83

Labor economist Mark Price, of the Harrisburg-based Keystone Research Center, noted Friday that the employer survey and the households survey measure different populations and can tell different stories about the economy when viewed over a shorter period of time. He said the economy is ...

10 States Where Income Inequality Has Soared

In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., Mark Price, coauthor of the study and a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, said that to many observers the issue of income inequality is a story about Wall Street’s growth. But “It’s not just a story of the financial markets in New York ...

For college grads, nannying is not such a bad deal

"The labor market's growing very slowly, and there's been a number of graduating classes since the recession began, so the competition is pretty fierce," said Mark Price, labor economist at the Keystone Research Center. And as of 2012, 52 percent of college grads younger than 25 who were ...

PA unemployment falls, as labor force shrinks

It’s hard to tell exactly why the labor force declined by so much during 2013, said Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, a liberal think tank in Harrisburg, but demographics are likely at least part of the reason. Pennsylvania has one of the oldest average ...

Minimum wage increase: What it means for you

Mark Price, a labor economist with the progressive Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, said the move could directly impact about half a million people in Pennsylvania. “A full-time worker earning minimum wage would take home an extra $3,600 a year, so that’s an important amount of ...

Study: Pennsylvania Ranks 46th Among States For Job Growth Since 2010

I am already looking for full-time employment elsewhere.” “In Pennsylvania, since 2010, job growth has progressively gotten worse,” says Mark Price a labor economist with the Harrisburg based Keystone Research Center. The group released “State of Working Pennsylvania,” which says wages ...

Gov. Rick Scott boasts about creating thousands of new jobs, but the actual numbers tell a far diffe...

“When you’re talking about politicians, they’re going to use the number that’s most appealing to them,” said Mark Price, a labor economist at the liberal-leaning Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, Pa., which tracks employment trends. Contact Steve Bousquet at bousquet@tampabay.com. ...

Will Striking Fast-Food Workers Hit Franchises Where It Hurts?

"We are in uncharted territory," says Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, a policy think tank in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "If fast-food employers started going in this direction, I would expect to see a lot of innovation as these employers seek out the mix of ...

With minimum wage rising in NJ, some think Pa. should follow suit

“Those people need job skills, not a higher minimum wage.” Mark Price, a labor economist with the Keystone Research Center, a liberal think tank in Harrisburg with ties to several unions, said higher minimum wages are good for workers. “Wage growth has not been good in Pennsylvania for ...

Lots of action on minimum wages in Philadelphia, elsewhere

... Coalition of Labor Union Women, John Dodds, executive director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Elizabeth McElroy, secretary-treasurer of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, and Mark Price, an economist with the Keystone Research Center, Click here for report on the tipped minimum by Keystone...

Pa. fracking boom goes bust

Mark Price, labor economist for Pennsylvania's liberal-leaning Keystone Research Center, said recent stats are beginning to show that jobs in the state's energy sector, which includes gas drilling, are starting to level off. He said one core measure of employment in the Marcellus Shale - ...

GOP tries to legalize high-interest Pa. loans again

According to Mark Price, economist at the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, current law limits payday loan charges to $3.80 for a two-week loan, or 24% annually, though the state also allows fees that have the effect of boosting loan costs. Under Browne's proposal, according to ...

Debating economic impact of Marcellus Shale in Pa.

Mark Price, a labor economist with the liberal-leaning Keystone Research Center, says he can find only 20,000 direct jobs created from Marcellus Shale. Even if all coal-mining and legacy natural gas drilling is added together, "this is a sector that still only makes up half of 1 percent ...

Job market bleak for Class of 2013

"For new college graduates, they are entering a labor market that is similar to what students that graduated last year saw," said Mark Price, labor economist at the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg. "They are going to have a harder time finding a job and are going to be going up ...

Pittsburgh still lags on salary scale

Mark Price, labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, said that Pittsburgh's rank is right where he would expect it. "I wouldn't expect to see Pittsburgh at the top, but I also wouldn't expect to see Pittsburgh at the bottom," he said. "The cities that top this list are the one ...

Job-seeking woes could help shape Pa. gov's race

Candidates, however, should be cautious when making claims about the effect of their economic policies, said Mark Price, a labor economist with the union-affiliated Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg. "Do not overpromise that your policies are going to radically change the pace of ...

In Berks, elsewhere, debate rages on minimum wage

If the minimum wage kept pace with its 1968 value, it would be $9.40 today, said Mark Price, labor economist for the Keystone Research Center. He said a higher minimum wage could hurt some struggling small employers, but he said adapting to rising costs is part of owning a business. ...

Census: Pa. cities show minor income changes

"This is a reflection of the weak economy," said Mark Price, an economist at the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg. "We're going to see the end of this decade before we see full employment, and that's sort of a scary thing to think about. " Price said the impact of the ...

Income Inequality exists in all 50 states, and appears on the rise in Ohio, report says

The report, co-authored by Estelle Sommeiller, a socio-economist at the Institute for Research in Economic and Social Sciences in France, and Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, PA, said that economic inequality was at its lowest levels between ...

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