READING, Pa. – Pennsylvanians are getting back to work. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In Berks, about 10% of the county’s workforce is unemployed, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, the visitor’s bureau in Berks County, might just have a lead for those looking for work. Just before the pandemic hit, it partnered with the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance to develop a Berks County-focused career board. Seven months later, and the demand is greater than first expected.
“It’s been highly successful to date. We only started it in March,” said Crystal Seitz, the visitor’s bureau’s president. “If you’re living in Berks County and you’ve worked here and you find yourself in that unfortunate position of being unemployed, it’s a way for us to help you find that next position.”
Seitz said about 5,000 people visit the