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Philadelphia Jobs Commission Submits Its Study to Mayor Nutter

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(Mayor Nutter is surrounded by other city officials at Tuesday's press briefing.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

(Mayor Nutter is surrounded by other city officials at Tuesday’s press briefing. Credit: John Ostapkovich)

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Michael Nutter today took possession of a hefty report on solving a long-term problem: jobs in the city.

The report from the Philadelphia Jobs Commission was ordered nearly two years ago, when citizens approved creating the 17-member panel.

The 90-page report lays out 15 recommendations — from continuing the commission’s work to providing employment subsidies — and Mayor Nutter had only just gotten a briefing on it.

“There are a series of recommendations,” he said today.  “I think many are in line with a number of things that we’re doing, but all of those things can always be enhanced and (eliminate) a mismatch between, in some instances, jobs that are actually available and the skill sets that some people have.”

Read the Philadelphia Jobs Commission Report (.pdf format)

Nutter says citywide unemployment figures don’t show just how bleak the situation is among some African-American men.  He and City Council president Darrell Clarke (third from left in photo) today signed a bill making permanent a per-new-employee city tax credit.

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