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Easter and Kids: Harrisburg, PA

IM000337.JPGI had the kids this year for Easter for the first time in Harrisburg.  Had no idea what to do with them.  I started looking on line for things to do with kids in Harrisburg, price over Easter and found a bunch of things.  But since my kids are quite different ages, dosage I eventually settled on Hersheypark’s Springtime in the Park.

Everyone loves Hersheypark.  I know that I’ve taken the kids there a lot already but I find I never get bored of the place.  I’ve actually not yet experienced Springtime in the Park so I figured this would be as good a time as any to start, especially now that the weather is really great.

So we went and we really had a blast (I totally overate the Easter Eggs but of course that would happen at the Hersheypark!).  I was delighted to see that there were new rides just in time for the holiday season and my kids enjoyed both the Cocoa Cruiser and Memory Machine.  If you want to go, get your tickets ahead of time.

The best part for me was just before we left, my little one said “daddy, this was the best day ever; let’s come again soon.”  Success!

Great News for Harrisburg Job-Seekers

Finally some good news in Harrisburg. It’s about time too.  With flooding and fiscal issues, patient the city certainly needs something good to wake up to in the mornings.    As the Fall season began, statistics rendered by the state Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) for unemployment in the Harrisburg-Carlisle region (Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry) dropped significantly to a new low of 7.4 percent. This was a reduction of 40 percent, marking the fifth lowest out of the 14 regions in the department’s study.  Further, just looking at statistics from the same timeframe a year ago, it was found that unemployment was 30 percent lower.  Today the figure is less than the state and national average.

Non-Agricultural Jobs in Trouble

However, the region is still not out of trouble. It seems that farming jobs are somewhat easier to come by, but other areas are still fighting to stay on top.  Indeed, in September, the amount of non-farm job vacancies plummeted by 2,600 to 317,500 which was described by the DLI as “the largest decline in a single month since 1990.”  That cannot be making the working class of the Harrisburg-Carlisle region very happy.

As well, looking at other industries, leisure and hospitality service jobs also witnessed a significant plummet of 4,400.  Mining went down too, but only by 300.  According to the DLI, some of these were expected (especially those in the hospitality service areas due to normal seasonal adjustments) but the situation was definitely worsened by the flood damage from tropical storm Lee that was encountered at Hersheypark and restaurants in the area.  But there was an increase in job availability in the areas of IT, education and government.

So it seems overall, there is hope for Harrisburg employment but there are still various obstacles the city has to pull down before everyone who is viable to work is in an appropriate job.  The city has had a lot to deal with recently; one step at a time needs to be its motto now.