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March 17, 2004


Contact: Kathryn Kopchik

March 17, 2004

Stamos to Participate in WITF's "Smart Talk"

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Stephen Stamos, professor of economics and international relations at Bucknell, will be part of a panel discussing "Where have the Jobs Gone?" Thursday, March 18, at 8 p.m. on WITF-TV's live call-in program "Smart Talk."

Stamos will join Rep. Mike Veon (D-Beaver), Minority Whip; Matthew Brouillette, President, The Commonwealth Foundation; and Mike Smeltzer, Executive Director, Manufacturing Association of South Central Pennsylvania, in a discussion of causes for slow job growth, when job creation will increase, and what must happen to create jobs.

Topics include the lack of confidence in the recovery, technological advances, high healthcare costs, and `outsourcing' jobs to other countries with cheaper labor costs.

Viewers may call in their questions during the show at 1-800-729-7532 or email comments or questions after the program to 

Nationwide, about 21,000 new jobs were created in February, only one-sixth of what economists had forecast. There are about 8.2 million people out-of-work. Pennsylvania lost some two thousand jobs last month, almost all of them in the manufacturing sector. In addition, more than eight thousand white collar professional and business service jobs have left the Commonwealth in the past 12 months.

SMART TALK, theonly weekly prime-time public affairs show on television in Central Pennsylvania, is funded through a generous grant from the Harsco Corporation. For more information see


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