pennsylvania exodus

Pa. great place to retire, but bad for workers

Originally published in The Morning Call

Jason Kavulich, the state’s secretary of aging, shared great news: Pennsylvania is a top place to retire. Unfortunately, the commonwealth is not hospitable to the working-age populations, who are leaving Pennsylvania in high numbers.

WalletHub ranked Pennsylvania 46th in the nation for employment. Also, Census Bureau data shows a net population decrease for Pennsylvania in 11 of the past 12 years as working-age individuals flee for better opportunities.

I’ve watched this trend firsthand. Since graduating college in 2021, I’ve watched countless classmates move to more economically prosperous states, such as Florida and North Carolina. Pennsylvania’s inability to keep and attract working-age adults could have serious consequences soon.

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