This new career tool, developed by the state Department of Labor and Industry, isn’t your average job search website. PA Career Coach is designed to make sure Pennsylvanians are ready for the jobs that become available. “First, it’s innovative. Second, it’s common sense,” explains Governor Tom Corbett. “We don’t always get that combination in state government… but we are working and striving hard to change that.”
Students, displaced workers and others who visit the new website will find out what jobs are in demand in their hometowns, what they can expect to earn and how to find specific training nearby. Users can also link to current job postings.
The new job search tool was announced at a news conference inside the Department of Labor and Industry building, where Governor Corbett said the state is growing new job markets like the Marcellus Shale. “But what good is that growth if Pennsylvania workers don’t know how to break into those job markets?” he asked.
PA Career Coach is bridging that gap. Officials say it’s just part of a comprehensive job-matching initiative the Corbett administration will launch later this year.
The statewide unemployment rate currently stands at 8.1%. September’s numbers are scheduled to be released next week.