Economy
Share of Jobs by Sector, 2017


Share of Jobs by Sector, 2017

What does this measure?

The number of jobs in specific sectors, shown as a percentage of total jobs.

Why is this important?

The share of jobs by sector is a key indicator of the structure of the economy in a region.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities made up the largest sector of jobs in Berks County, at 18%, down slightly from 2001. Professional and Business Services comprised 14% of the total up 2 percentage points from 2001, while the Manufacturing sector was responsible for 14% of jobs in the County, down from 19% in 2001. Health Care and Social Assistance has grown from 9% to 13% over this period, while Government jobs maintained a 10% share from 2001 to 2017.

The United States and Pennsylvania had similar shares of Trade, Transportation, and Utilities jobs to Berks County in 2017, at 17 and 18% respectively . Manufacturing jobs comprised a substantially smaller percentage of jobs in the nation (7%) and state (8%).

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities was the largest sector in Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, and Schuylkill counties, while Professional and Business Services was the largest employer in Chester and Montgomery counties.

Notes about the data

County-level estimates are based on relatively small samples, and the true number may vary considerably from the estimate. Data for this indicator are released annually in November.

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Share of Jobs by Sector, 2017
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and Utilities
United States1%5%2%10%12%11%2%10%7%1%6%15%17%
Pennsylvania1%5%4%9%10%14%1%9%8%1%6%14%18%
Berks County2%5%2%7%10%13%1%8%14%1%6%14%18%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2%5%3%15%8%11%2%7%6%1%5%20%16%
Lancaster County2%7%2%7%7%12%1%9%12%1%6%11%22%
Lebanon County2%5%2%6%12%12%1%7%14%0%6%10%21%
Lehigh County0%4%3%8%7%18%1%8%8%N/A5%15%21%
Montgomery County0%5%3%15%6%13%2%7%7%0%5%21%16%
Schuylkill County2%4%1%6%12%13%1%6%17%2%5%8%23%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis




Number of Jobs by Sector, 2017
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and Utilities
United States2,631,00010,634,6004,691,20019,616,10024,405,00022,201,2003,384,40019,152,90013,304,8002,437,50011,168,20028,476,90034,028,400
Pennsylvania80,282394,210304,510722,746773,1211,102,335101,126678,374596,36070,260424,9771,064,1221,372,862
Berks County3,48712,1793,92815,68523,42629,7371,65617,69732,2871,13212,62231,38141,042
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County7,27118,32410,13352,22427,19140,4606,68926,43620,7682,88319,49170,89856,526
Lancaster County8,05125,1238,23824,97022,19641,4643,83529,47741,3372,41819,15736,84872,599
Lebanon County1,6483,3681,6754,1338,4808,0879834,7529,5493214,1156,64014,122
Lehigh County72010,6726,17219,29218,02443,7763,33220,51619,222N/A11,76436,41851,406
Montgomery County81933,84722,82299,82237,45988,13412,52948,94146,3211,00831,944143,737111,376
Schuylkill County1,2422,8476263,7767,9128,5954063,94911,0451,0473,3934,89714,568

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis




Share of Jobs by Sector, 2001
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and Utilities
United States2%6%2%8%14%9%2%8%10%1%5%13%18%
Pennsylvania1%5%3%8%11%12%2%8%12%1%6%12%19%
Berks County2%6%1%7%10%9%1%7%19%1%6%12%20%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2%6%2%12%8%9%2%6%11%1%6%17%18%
Lancaster County3%7%1%7%7%9%2%8%19%1%6%10%21%
Lebanon County3%6%1%2%13%11%N/A7%18%N/A6%7%23%
Lehigh County0%5%2%8%8%14%2%7%15%N/A5%12%20%
Montgomery County0%6%2%12%6%11%3%6%12%0%4%19%18%
Schuylkill County2%5%1%5%13%11%N/A6%21%0%7%5%21%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis




Number of Jobs by Sector, 2001
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and Utilities
United States3,063,0009,816,7003,011,30013,349,00023,151,00015,253,4004,047,80013,971,30016,921,6001,609,9009,075,60021,664,60030,587,000
Pennsylvania83,528375,449221,815530,503792,387818,085146,753529,705840,88042,931388,777816,9771,327,674
Berks County3,47611,8622,57213,86721,56819,0952,40514,86139,7481,12611,49324,62340,531
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County5,39816,0275,51334,37722,87625,8636,45817,58231,2241,64816,30949,03551,081
Lancaster County7,82420,9114,08618,75721,45926,2574,72422,32654,1271,72716,58828,02160,725
Lebanon County1,7303,3788711,3117,3246,379N/A3,90410,295N/A3,5544,11213,531
Lehigh County88010,1564,33517,06816,98229,5065,01815,44531,050N/A10,89125,36541,339
Montgomery County1,16634,79814,95971,96538,02968,73619,79735,91470,35168126,113112,040107,524
Schuylkill County1,1813,0825992,9828,1857,037N/A3,99313,2561524,2983,35913,406

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis




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