Metropolitan Pittsburgh's population remained relatively stable in 2014, with a loss of 4,597 residents compared to 2013. The region's international migration saw its largest gain in 10 years with 3,217 people moving to Pittsburgh from other countries while domestic migration experienced a loss, with 2,806 people leaving the region.
Compared with other regions, Pittsburgh's economy was sluggish in January. The region grew just 10,000 jobs between January 2014 and January 2015, a 0.9 percent increase that was the smallest of the 15 PittsburghTODAY benchmark regions.
Regional unemployment ticked up in January, from 4.7 percent in December 2014 to 5.2 percent in January 2015. Within the region, Butler County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, while Fayette County held the highest rate at 6.4 percent.
Behind the Times: The Limited Role of Minorities in the Greater Pittsburgh Workforce
The southwestern Pennsylvania workforce is lacking in diversity by almost any measure. And the discrepancies seen in labor force participation, the type of jobs minority workers hold and the incomes they earn are issues with implications for the region’s economy, businesses and citizens.
Southwestern Pennsylvania looks to be in solid economic shape for 2015, according to PNC Financial Services Group's chief economist Stuart Hoffman. Employment is holding near all-time highs, and an historic low unemployment rate of 4.1 percent may be in sight for the seven-county region in 2016.
Older adults are growing in number and influence across the region and the nation. See the new report this new report to learn about the demographic phenomenon that has profound implications for everyone in southwestern Pennsylvania.
How is Pittsburgh trending on Twitter? Try our new PittsburghTODAY Positivity Index to find out. Each week it analyzes Twitter conversations about our 15 benchmark regions and ranks them by how positive those tweets are.
Despite marked improvement in air quality, the Pittsburgh region still ranks among the most polluted in the nation. This PittsburghTODAY special report looks at whether we've grown tolerant of substandard air and asks the question: Is better good enough?