Promote access to good-paying jobs for all Pennsylvanians

"Being inclusive, being fair, and paying good wages are not just the right things to do, they are the smart things to do. And that is how we are going to grow the economy."
-Governor Tom Wolf

Why is this goal important?

To rebuild the middle class, Pennsylvania needs jobs that sustain families and strengthen communities. Good-paying jobs are a win-win for workers and the economy. They provide hardworking Pennsylvanians with more income to buy what they need, which means more dollars spent at local businesses. 

What are we working on to reach this goal?

Governor Wolf believes that the commonwealth can partner with the private sector to promote robust economic growth, create and retain good jobs, and strengthen the middle class. The governor has turned around Pennsylvania’s economy, improving Pennsylvania’s business climate ranking more than any other state since 2014.  Governor Wolf took action to address the gender pay gap by ending the practice of state agencies requiring a job applicant to provide salary history during the hiring process and expanded LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections for state employees. He reformed occupational licensure to help workers, cut red tape, and strengthen the workforce. Additionally, Governor Wolf announced $8.2 million has been awarded to help Pennsylvanians with partially completed degrees or credentials attain the education they need to get better paying, in-demand jobs.

How are we doing?

The dashboard below presents several key measures aligned to Governor Wolf's job creation goal, as well as national and state benchmarks for comparison.

Related Measures

Average Weekly Wages

The chart below shows the average weekly wages paid by Pennsylvania employers across all industries in 2016 and 2017. Use the drop-down menus to explore average weekly wages in specific industries and counties. Click on "View Source Data" for more information on the types of compensation included in this measure. 

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