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Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018


Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018

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 2018, total jobs in Berks County increased 11%. Among the county's larger sectors, jobs were up 4% in Trade, Transportation and Utilities, up 29% in Professional and Business Services, and down 18% in Manufacturing. Health Care and Social Assistance saw the largest increase in jobs during this period, at 62%. Neighboring counties had increases in total jobs ranging from 2% in Schuylkill to 28% 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. 2019 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
Pennsylvania-15%6%40%38%-3%38%-28%31%-28%59%9%32%7%13%
Berks County-13%3%50%15%8%62%-30%23%-18%12%9%29%4%11%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County14%15%85%55%17%56%21%55%-35%73%21%45%14%28%
Lancaster County-10%23%109%35%4%61%-18%37%-22%43%16%34%24%19%
Lebanon County-16%2%93%214%15%27%N/A27%-5%N/A12%63%-5%18%
Lehigh County-28%7%41%11%9%54%-35%33%-35%N/A8%48%4%19%
Montgomery County-38%-2%52%39%0%30%-30%39%-35%35%24%29%6%14%
Schuylkill County-8%-8%-4%20%-4%21%N/A-3%-16%541%-21%44%12%2%

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




Total Jobs by Sector, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
Pennsylvania70,806398,669310,487729,584772,4971,128,504105,200692,876603,10168,274425,2161,075,3781,417,8037,798,395
Berks County3,03312,1603,84715,92123,30230,9381,68218,21832,7161,25812,52731,81842,099229,519
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,12918,39010,21253,41826,83540,3337,79827,23320,1652,84519,76971,15258,290362,569
Lancaster County7,06725,7388,54225,38522,30642,2723,89230,56042,0692,46519,29237,47575,473342,536
Lebanon County1,4533,4321,6794,1178,4198,0871,0254,9769,8183483,9896,70712,79368,829
Lehigh County63010,8456,10118,94218,53545,5083,26320,57820,038N/A11,75337,44142,874247,771
Montgomery County72134,21222,706100,30638,03989,14913,93650,04745,87692232,340144,241113,470685,965
Schuylkill County1,0852,8495763,5847,8388,5473733,88411,1859743,3824,82715,08064,184

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




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