Mullery hosts Policy Committee hearing on jobs in Pa.

NANTICOKE, Sept. 8 – The need for jobs and how to create them in Pennsylvania were the topics of state Rep. Gerald Mullery’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Nanticoke.

"We are seeing many small businesses popping up throughout our region that are providing some employment opportunities, but it’s not enough," Mullery said. "We must find ways to attract larger businesses that will employ a large amount of people at one time."

Testifiers included Scott Dunkleberger, deputy secretary for business financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Thomas Leary, president, Luzerne County Community College; Kenneth Okrepkie, regional manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners; Joseph Boylan, vice chairman of economic development, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; Mary Malone, president, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce; and W. Kevin O’Donnell, president, Greater Hazleton Can Do, Inc.  

Mullery noted that as of July 2016, the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in the Wyoming Valley. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent compared to 4.9 percent nationwide.