Pennsylvania, drug tests, unemployment and job creation

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Hour 2

Guests:  David Taylor and Paul Harrington

In an interview last week about Pennsylvania’s declining job growth numbers, Governor Tom Corbett said that among the challenges employers face in hiring is that too many job applicants can’t pass their drug tests. Representatives of the state’s business community have supported the claim while critics say that it was just an excuse for the Governor’s failed economic policies. A recent study from Arizona State University found that Pennsylvania dropped from 7th in the nation in job growth to 49th. Is drug use to blame? What else explains the lag in job creation throughout the state? And what policies and strategies would encourage new opportunities for employment. We’ll turn to DAVID TAYLOR, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and PAUL HARRINGTON, Director of Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy for some answers.

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