"Philadelphia: Economy - Major Industries and Commercial Activity." Stats about all US cities - real estate, relocation info, crime, house prices, cost of living, races, home value estimator, recent sales, income, photos, schools, maps, weather, neighborhoods, and more. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <http://www.city-data.com/us-cities/The-Northeast/Philadelphia-Economy.html>.
Annotations: This source is very useful in providing informations about the history of Philadelphia economy and the statistics to the following summary of data regarding the Philadelphia city/county area labor force, 2004 annual averages. This information is also regarding to taxes, finances, jobs, employment, unemployment, programs, and the major changes in the industry.
"Fast Facts | Philadelphia Works Inc.."Philadelphia Works Inc. | Building a Skilled and Thriving Workforce. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <http://www.philaworks.org/workforce-trends-data/fast-facts>.
Annotation: This website provide the recent employment and unemployment rates of 2012 in Philadelphia. It also requires the statistics of every jobs increasing or decreasing in every different job fields and positions.
"Philadelphia's HealthCare Fact Sheet ."healthcare-now. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. <www.healthcare-now.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/finalphilafactsheet2.pdf>.
Annotation: This is a PDF article is based on Philadelphia’s Health Care Plans providing the information on the cost of a single-person paying for their healthcare plans, adults that does not have a health insurance, and ways that the HR 676 can help the families who are in need of the health insurance. Health Care insurance is an issue that struck upon many Philadelphia residents, more commonly by racial backgrounds, but the the main purpose why is it hard for most Philadelphia residents to get Health care plans is that it is not affordable.
"Gas Prices Jump 11 Cents Over Holiday Weekend - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29." FOX 29 News Philadelphia - Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29. N.p., 13 Feb. 2013. Web. 22 Feb. 2013. <http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/21242573/gas-prices-jump-11-cents-over-holiday-weekend>.
Annotations: The gas prices in Philadelphia has always been one of the biggest issues and is still currently is in Philadelphia’s economy. The gas prices has been rising and decreasing over the past few years, but the gas prices today seems to hit many of Philadelphia residents drastically from the increasing of 46 cents per gallon in the last two months of 2013 -- leaving the highest gas price in the four-dollars range. Other than that, the problem in Washington has focused on the supply. According to the Fox Philly news article, “There were more protests over the weekend in front of the White House over building the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada. Environmentalists are concerned about possible spills.” Because of the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada, the environmentalists are concerned about the cause in the increasing gas prices and this may come from the oil spills.
Interviewed an Economist in Philadelphia named Judy Rivas. I interviewed her over the phone and asked her few questions about the current economy issues in Philadelphia. Judy stated that the economy in Philadelphia and everywhere else in the country is not financially sustainable. Money is the largest impact that has corrupted and turned the economy for its worst. Jobs, (unemployment/employment), healthcare plans, close down businesses, the cost of gases and tolls, school budgets and fundings, social programs has depended on money for its enrichments in the economy.