By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) — This morning, State Senator Jay Costa from Allegheny County joined other state officials to discuss what they called the “labor shortage myth.”READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Seasonable Temperatures To Start Before Hot Weekend
Pennsylvania unemployment stands at about 7.1%.
Senator Art Haywood from Philadelphia acknowledged many employers are struggling to find employees at the moment.
However, he said that the issue comes down to changing labor conditions, Including for people refusing to return to workplaces they feel are unsafe, like restaurants.READ MORE: Car Crash Closes Part Of Lebanon Road In West Mifflin
Senator Costa said many changes were needed before the pandemic, and now, working parents in particular are in critical need.
“Having to force folks into the decision between continuing to work or staying at home to care for a child full-time is simply unacceptable,” Costa said.
Costa and the other state officials also called to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $15/hour.MORE NEWS: Firefighters Rescue Dog That Got Stuck In A Window In New Castle
It has been at the federal minimum of $7.25/hour since 2009.