John Dodds

(Adam Goldman, left, a staffer at the Philadelphia Unemployment Proect, with John Dodds, executive director of the organization.  Photo by Kim Glovas)

Pennsylvania Worker Advocates Lobbying Harrisburg To Hike State’s Minimum Wage

About fifty organizations are calling on state lawmakers to support an increase in the minimum wage, says John Dodds, head of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/09/2015

(Workers prepare to depart for Harrisburg from 16th and JFK Blvd.   Photo by Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia Workers Attend Minimum-Wage-Hike Rally in Harrisburg

Organizers hope the rally will help get a minimum wage hike on the agenda of the Pennsylvania Legislature.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(Unemployed workers look through help-wanted ads in a Labor Department field office.  Credit: Chris Hondros/ Getty Images)

Phila. Group Says End of Unemployment Benefits Will Cause Cascading Job Losses

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project says the region will lose tens of thousands of additional jobs due to the expiration of federal unemployment benefits for those already jobless.


(John Dodds of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project calls for restoration of extended federal jobless benefits.  He is surrounded by supporters including US Sen. Bob Casey, right.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

In Philadelphia, A Call For Restoration of Extended Federal Jobless Benefits

“It’s the ol’ bang for the buck. You spend a buck on unemployment, by some estimates you get more than $1.70 back,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa., right) said.


(John Dodds of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, far right, and other worker advocates listen as US Sen. Bob Casey speaks to reporters at 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Momentum Builds in Pennsylvania For Higher Minimum Wage

US Sen. Bob Casey says the lot of 700,000 Pennsylvania workers would be improved by an increase in the minimum wage.


(Unemployed workers look through help-wanted ads in a Labor Department field office.  Credit: Chris Hondros/ Getty Images)

Advocates For Jobless Demand Extension of Federal Benefits

December 28th is the date that the federal unemployment compensation program, started during the peak of the recession, is set to expire.


(A for-sale sign in the window of a home.  File photo by Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

Federal Regulators Back Off 20%-Down Mortgage Requirement

Bankers and affordable-housing advocates are happy that homeowners will not have to put down 20 percent in order to get a qualified mortgage.


(John Dodds, in his PUP office, with Ceiyanni.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

John and Evelyn Dodds, Helping the Unemployed While Caring for a Newborn

John and Evelyn Dodds run the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and three months ago took on a new role: temporary guardians to a newborn baby girl.


(Marchers call on Gov. Corbett to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Marchers Urge Corbett To Accept Federal Funds to Expand Medicaid

About 100 protesters marched from Philadelphia City Hall to Corbett’s regional office at Broad and Walnut Streets, demanding that he agree to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.


(Unemployed workers look through help-wanted ads in a Labor Department field office.  Credit: Chris Hondros/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Unemployment Rate Lagging Behind National Recovery

“The recession started over five years ago, and we still are not anywhere near recovered,” says John Dodds, executive director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.


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Unemployed Will Get Socked by Federal Sequester, Phila. Jobless Advocate Warns

Benefits to the long-term unemployed will be cut by 9.4 percent, beginning next week.


(A job fair last week in New York City.  Credit: Spencer Platt/ Getty Images)

In Bipartisan Compromise, Congress Revamps Unemployment Benefits

Millions of Americans will continue to receive long-term unemployment benefits under legislation approved Friday in Congress, but the scope of the program is being scaled back to cover fewer people by the end of the year.


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Area Expert Says Joblessness Is Swelling Nation’s Poverty Rolls

The US Census Bureau reports that in 2010, more than 46 million people were living in poverty — an increase of 3 million in just one year, and a 27-year high.


(John Dodds, director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, shows the organization's "Christmas card" for Washington, DC politicians.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

Philly Anti-Jobless Group Gives Holiday Gifts to Affected Kids

On Wednesday, children of unemployed parents who otherwise wouldn’t have presents for the holidays received gifts from the Philadelphia Unemployement Project.