Economy
Change in Jobs by Sector


Change in Jobs by Sector

What does this measure?

The net growth or decline in jobs by sector, shown as a percentage gain or loss.

Why is this important?

Job growth by sector is a key indicator of economic vitality, and reveals how the structure of industry and the composition of employment in the region are changing.

How is our county performing?

From 2001 to 2016, total jobs in Berks County increased 9%. Among the county's larger sectors, jobs were up 4% in Trade, Transportation and Utilities, up 26% in Professional and Business Services, and down 20% in Manufacturing. Health Care and Social Assistance saw the largest increase in jobs during this period, at 53%. Neighboring counties had increases in total jobs ranging from 3% in Schuylkill to 25% in Chester. Every county also saw large declines in Manufacturing jobs during this period.

Notes about the data

County employment estimates are reported by place of work, not place of residence. 2017 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Change in Jobs by Sector
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States-14%3%57%41%5%44%-17%34%-23%45%25%30%11%17%
Pennsylvania-2%-0%36%31%-2%32%-31%26%-30%55%11%29%4%10%
Berks County3%1%49%10%9%53%-31%20%-20%1%11%26%4%9%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County39%8%80%43%17%54%-0%44%-33%73%21%44%13%25%
Lancaster County5%13%94%29%3%56%-18%30%-25%36%18%29%20%15%
Lebanon County-3%2%95%196%15%27%N/A23%-10%N/A20%59%8%16%
Lehigh County-16%-1%38%10%5%47%-32%28%-41%N/A10%49%23%15%
Montgomery County-28%-7%52%32%-2%24%-35%31%-37%36%22%27%3%10%
Schuylkill County7%-10%0%22%-2%22%N/A-2%-17%544%-19%52%14%3%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




Total Jobs by Sector
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States2,644,00010,096,3004,716,60018,855,10024,300,00021,944,3003,357,90018,739,10013,103,7002,332,80011,388,70028,089,30034,100,600193,668,400
Pennsylvania81,529374,072301,124695,726773,4301,080,965101,453665,113589,41666,512432,3781,057,6731,379,1467,598,537
Berks County3,56012,0203,83515,28723,44029,2401,64817,81831,7781,14112,71130,93942,080225,497
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County7,49717,2339,94749,14526,82239,7306,43725,34821,0492,85419,78470,56357,653354,062
Lancaster County8,18523,6937,94424,28022,08040,9073,87329,10640,4652,35619,55736,06773,029331,542
Lebanon County1,6743,4441,7003,8808,4448,0989704,8159,273N/A4,2676,53114,66368,105
Lehigh County73410,0815,97318,79117,92343,4643,42919,80418,349N/A11,96537,79150,955240,123
Montgomery County83332,44922,70195,23837,47584,95112,84447,20143,98892931,975142,666111,133664,383
Schuylkill County1,2652,7725993,6378,0288,5964143,90910,9669793,4725,10815,24064,985

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing