Philadelphia jobs commission gets down to work

A new commission has been formed in Philadelphia to help people find jobs.

The commission is tasked with finding out ways to create and preserve private-sector jobs in Philadelphia.  Chairman Robert Nelson of Opportunities Industrialization Center says when he posted an entry level management position he got many overqualified applicants.

“Ph.D., Temple Law School Graduate, nurses, teachers, construction workers, financial officers,human resource people, it was a revelation,” said Nelson.

City Council President Darrell Clarke says coming out of the recession the economy will be different than before.

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“What we have to do is make sure in a very comprehensive way we’ve taken an approach to creating job opportunities and insuring there are that there are opportunities for the City of Philadelphia that include educational changes, that include changes from a regulatory perspective,” said Clarke.

The group will meet monthly and provide a final report by the end of the year.

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