HARRISBURG – During a recent House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, PA Department of Labor and Industry Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier was asked by Indiana County Rep. Jim Struzzi how many jobs were permanently lost due to economic shutdowns initiated by Gov. Tom Wolf. Berrier noted there were 6.1 million jobs before the pandemic and now there are 5.6 million resulting in 500,000 jobs lost. Later, Allegheny County Rep. Natalie Mihalek live-called the Unemployment Compensation Call Center and received a busy signal to lead off questioning. Acting Sec. Berrier had no answer for why Pennsylvanians are repeatedly spending days waiting for someone to answer the phone and then another two to nine weeks before they receive a response to questions other than to say the issues are “complex.”

REP. NATALIE MIHALEK

REP. JIM STRUZZI