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ISSUE 69 | July 2, 2020
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Economic and Policy News
A more diverse region means a more vibrant economy
Teri Ooms, executive director of The Institute, recently discussed how changing demographics may affect the future of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The region’s proportion of older adults is larger than average, and many are likely to retire in the near future.
As a result, it is important to attract a talented workforce to the region in order to fill job openings and meet the needs of the aging population.
Low-income workers and people of color have suffered disproportionately from economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Brookings report argues that as state and local governments reopen their economies, leaders should ensure that low-wage and minority workers are not forced to choose between personal safety and financial security.
Hollowed-out public health system faces more cuts amid virus
An investigation by Kaiser Health News and The Associated Press examined the effects that decades of budget and staffing cuts by federal, state, and local governments have had on the nation’s public health systems.
The investigation found that funding for health departments has decreased substantially in the last decade, and that more than 38,000 public health jobs have disappeared since the Great Recession, leaving a “skeletal workforce.”