Since February of 2009, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate has been on the rise. As of February 2010, it was at a seasonally adjusted statewide rate of 8.9%. However high that number may be, it hides the fact that in many areas of the Commonwealth, the unemployment rate exceeds 10%. With increasing numbers of Pennsylvania residents out of work, state resources should be targeted to enhanced job training and development initiatives.
Tony firmly believes that government can guide, but the private sector must lead in this arena. As governor, he would direct job training dollars already in the state budget toward efficient, measurable industry constructed training programs that will prepare a workforce for real world jobs and careers. He also would engage Pennsylvania's community college system to aid in these training efforts to help develop the curricula needed to meet high-demand occupations in specialized fields, such as bioscience research. These programs would aid not just large corporations, but also small- to mid-sized companies looking to expand, but lacking the resources to bring on the personnel to boost their bottom lines.