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: Parents Watch Clairton-Leechburg Football Game From Outside The Stadium
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: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment Soon?
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: UPMC Children's Hospital Leaders Say Hospital Will Not Turn Kids Away Or Ration Care Amid Increase In Patients
It has been at the federal minimum of $7.25/hour since 2009.