Area/Region News In Brief…

PennDOT maintenance

schedule announced

PennDOT has announced its maintenance schedule for Warren County for the week of August 18 which includes pipe replacement on Rt. 957 in Farmington Township, manual patching on Old Garland Road in Pittsfield Township, bridge repairs on Erie Street in Columbus Township, and mowing, sign upgrading, seal coat and storm damage in various places throughout the county.

Lyft gets temporary OK

to operate in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ride-sharing company Lyft has satisfied insurance and other requirements to begin operating temporarily in the Pittsburgh-area.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission last month gave conditional approval for Lyft and its competitor, Uber, to obtain temporary licenses to operate in the Pittsburgh area until their applications for permanent “experimental” licenses can be heard. The services need “experimental” approval because they operate differently than taxis and other transportation covered by PUC regulations.

The ride-sharing companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the companies.

On Thursday, the PUC said Lyft has complied with the conditions.

Pa. jobless rate edges

higher to 5.7 percent

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s jobless rate is up slightly but remains better than the national figure.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate last month was 5.7 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from June. The U.S. rate is currently 6.2 percent.

The civilian labor force fell by 32,000, and unemployment rose by 4,000, the first increase in nearly two years.

The agency says private industry lost 3,400 jobs but hiring in the public sector rose for the sixth straight month.

The biggest job gains are in construction.

One year ago, the statewide unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.