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    Air Regulations: A Primer

    Air quality in the United Sates is governed by a complex regulatory structure that sets pollution limits and authorizes federal,... More

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    Air Rules

    Regulating air quality faces new challenges Bluer skies over southwestern Pennsylvania owe a debt to local, state and federal regulations... More

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    Easy On the Wallet

    Region’s cost of living remains low Southwestern Pennsylvania remains more affordable overall than the average U.S. region despite an uptick... More

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    Air Quality Update

    Recent concentrations of fine particulate and ground level ozone air pollution follow a familiar trend. Both are improving, the most... More

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    Unemployment Drops, Again

    Unemployment fell again in December as the Pittsburgh region continued the encouraging trend that characterized 2017. The seasonally adjusted unemployment... More

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    Job Growth Ends Year On High Note

    After a flat five years, job growth in the Pittsburgh region ended on an upswing in 2017. The seven-county Pittsburgh... More

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    Pittsburgh Wages Show Strong Growth

    Wage growth continues to be a bright spot in the southwestern Pennsylvania economy, the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics... More

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    Housing Prices Rise Slowly

    Housing appreciation in southwestern Pennsylvania remains low compared to benchmark regions. But that doesn’t mean home sales are slack, real... More

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    Local Unemployment Down, Still Lags U.S. Rate

      The unemployment rate in southwestern Pennsylvania continues to fall but can’t quite keep up with the national rate. The... More

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Growth in GDP

Pittsburgh’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.1 percent and had the second-smallest rate of growth from 2015 to 2016. Pittsburgh’s per capita real GDP saw the third-smallest year-over-year growth of...


Local Employment and Unemployment

Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased .8 percent from 5.7 percent in December 2016 to 4.9 percent in December 2017. During that period, the number of people in the...


All Crimes by MSA

Crime rates in the Pittsburgh MSA tend to be lower than those in most of our benchmark regions. In 2016, the Pittsburgh MSA ranked as the safest metro area among...

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