Philadelphia Unemployment Project

(The "Job Gateway" web site.  Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Pa. Jobs Web Site Gets Purged After Drawing Spotlight in Corbett-Wolf Debate

The “Job Gateway” site pulls in listings from all over, including Craigslist, so ads for escorts and exotic dancers were among the 200,000 jobs that Gov. Corbett boasted of during the debate.

10/02/2014

(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.

02/25/2014

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New Jersey Among Hardest Hit States By Expiring Unemployment Benefits

Democrats in the United States House Committee on Ways and Means released a report on the impact of letting the federal unemployment benefit program expire. According to that report, New Jersey will be the hardest hit per capita of any state.

12/28/2013

(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.

12/16/2013

(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.

12/05/2013

(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.

12/03/2013

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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.

08/29/2013

(Demonstrators urge Gov. Tom Corbett to accept Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Center City Demonstrators Urge Corbett To Accept Medicaid Expansion in Pa.

“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.

06/04/2013

(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.

04/29/2013

(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.

04/18/2013

(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.

04/05/2013

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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.

03/01/2013

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Local Advocacy Groups Sound Alarm About Impending Federal Budget Cuts

You can call them “Fiscal Cliff II” or “sequestration” or anything else ominous, but to the groups who serve the unemployed and those on medical assistance, they’re just plain bad news.

02/20/2013

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Sheriff Retracts Speech, Withdraws Fee Hike

Call it the case of the disappearing speech: Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams suddenly withdrew his prepared testimony to City Council this past week in the face of opposition from activists to a proposed $500 fee increase.

04/28/2012

MoveOn.org members upset over housing crisis protest outside of 'Obama For America' office in Center City (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia ‘MoveOn’ Members Upset Over Housing Crisis Protest Outside ‘Obama For America’ Office

Members from local chapter of MoveOn.org rallied outside of the Obama for America office at 15th and Market Streets to send a message to the President about the housing crisis.

03/15/2012

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