How Has Pennsylvania Women Work Changed Women's Lives?
Facts About Pennsylvania Women Work and New Choices
- In 2011-2012, Pennsylvania Women Work’s services saved the state over $1.5 million in government assistance by helping women and their families achieve economic self-sufficiency.
- Over the past 15 years, Pennsylvania Women Work’s services have saved the state over $33 million in aid.
- Since 1993, Pennsylvania Women Work has placed approximately 50,000 individuals in jobs and education programs.
- In the past 20 years that it has been operating, the New Choices program has placed individuals in jobs and training programs with a success rate of over 85 percent.
- New Choices has also played a vital role in building up the confidence and self-esteem of its students. Through New Choices, job seekers can become entrepreneurs, role models and leaders in their communities.
Facts About Women, Unemployment and Poverty
- The 2012 unemployment rate for women age 20 and over was 7.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- In Pennsylvania, 13.6 percent of single mothers with minor children are unemployed, compared to 6.9 percent for all women, as reported by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
- Since the 2008 recession, Pennsylvania women have only seen a job recovery rate of 12 percent, as compared to a recovery rate of 63 percent for men, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.
- 12.1 percent of Pennsylvanians live below the poverty line, as reported by the Women’s Law Project.
- The average income of workers subsisting on poverty-level wages nearly doubles when they obtain an associate’s degree, and wages increase at a significant rate for each additional educational level attained, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor
- According to the U.S. Census report, women still only earn, on average, 78 cents to every man’s dollar earnings.
Want to Learn More?
The documents below provide further information about women's employment and related issues and how PA Women Work and the New Choices program work to help women and their families in Pennsylvania become economically self-sufficient!
History of Pennsylvania Women Work and the New Choices Program:
The Success of New Choices:
Facts about Women, Poverty and Unemployment in Pennsylvania:
Facts about Abuse, Homelessness and Gender Equity:
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