PA Leading the Nation in Unemployment Claims

PA Leading the Nation in Unemployment Claims

PA Leading the Nation in Unemployment Claims

Pennsylvania is No. 1 in the nation.

Not for being the most prosperous or productive, though. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Keystone State leads the nation in new unemployment filings, surpassing even California, which has 26 million more legal residents (and heaven knows how many illegal ones).

This reality doesn’t seem to faze the union-backed Wolf administration, which actually seems proud of its dubious achievement. On the official Pennsylvania’s Labor and Industry government website, we’re told that, “More than 247,000 individuals have successfully filed for benefits since the launch of new UC system.” (UC being the acronym for the $115 million in Unemployment Compensation payments issued to Pennsylvanians.)

Gov. Tom Wolf successfully killed nearly 50 percent of all jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry during his shutdown measures, while at the same time his Department of Health mandated outdoor dining, new HVAC systems, etc., for which private businesses had to pick up the tab, of course. And unfortunately, many simply couldn’t.

Meanwhile, he did absolutely nothing to slow the pace of government expansion and the corresponding need for more taxpayer money.


Because he is bought-and-paid-for with union money. Government employee unions filled his coffers with more than $10 million to win his last re-election bid, and that’s a lot of IOUs to back, even with someone else’s money. Wolf’s chiefs of staff actually met with teacher’s union heads before issuing further “health” guidance on keeping our public schools’ shut down and children masked up.

On paper, Wolf’s 15-month record of failure look like a damning indictment. But as long as more and more employees continue to be hired by the state, the unions — which view them and their paychecks the way any parasite would its host — are happy.

And if the unions are happy, never mind what the taxpayers think. Tom Wolf is happy.

East Coast Director
Hunter Tower was hired as the Pennsylvania Director for the Freedom Foundation in March 2020 and now serves as the East Coast Director. Hunter has previously served as Executive Director of the Republican Committee of Lancaster County and as a Field Director with the PAGOP. He has also served as a Campaign Manager for a State Representative race in Connecticut and has lobbied Congress on behalf of his Fraternity (Theta Chi) and the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC) to pass the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act (CHIA). Hunter has been featured in many outlets across the East Coast and the nation such as RealClearPolicy, RedState, Center Square, Broad + Liberty, Penn Live, City & State, and Lincoln Radio Journal. He’s a member and Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has facilitated several national and regional events for his Fraternity, is a charter member of his local Rotary Club, a Kentucky Colonel, and a former member of Kennett Township (PA) Zoning Hearing Board. Hunter’s family has a long history in politics beginning with Charlemagne Tower Jr., who served as Minister to Austria-Hungary (1897–1899) for President William McKinley before being transferred to Russia as Ambassador (1899–1902). Following his post in St. Petersburg, Charlemagne served as Ambassador to Germany from 1902 to 1908 under President Theodore Roosevelt. Tower City in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania is named after his father, Charlemagne Tower, as is Tower, Minnesota, and Tower City, North Dakota. Hunter’s cousin, former United States Senator John G. Tower (R-Texas), served 24 years in the Senate and was George H.W. Bush’s first nominee for Secretary of Defense. Hunter’s late father, John W. Tower, was President Richard Nixon’s aide at the 1972 RNC in Florida with Alexander Haig’s son, worked with the Reagan Administration in the 1980s, and was a lobbyist in Washington, DC as President of American Strategy Group. Hunter is a graduate of Widener University in Chester, PA with a B.A. in Political Science. Hunter and his wife reside in Pennsylvania, with their two children and two rescue dogs.