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Share of Jobs by Sector, 2018


Share of Jobs by Sector, 2018

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 2018, 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 2018.

The United States and Pennsylvania had similar shares of Trade, Transportation, and Utilities jobs to Berks County in 2018, both at 18%. 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, 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, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and Utilities
Pennsylvania1%5%4%9%10%14%1%9%8%1%5%14%18%
Berks County1%5%2%7%10%13%1%8%14%1%5%14%18%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2%5%3%15%7%11%2%8%6%1%5%20%16%
Lancaster County2%8%2%7%7%12%1%9%12%1%6%11%22%
Lebanon County2%5%2%6%12%12%1%7%14%1%6%10%19%
Lehigh County0%4%2%8%7%18%1%8%8%N/A5%15%17%
Montgomery County0%5%3%15%6%13%2%7%7%0%5%21%17%
Schuylkill County2%4%1%6%12%13%1%6%17%2%5%8%23%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis




Total Jobs by Sector, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and Utilities
Pennsylvania70,806398,669310,487729,584772,4971,128,504105,200692,876603,10168,274425,2161,075,3781,417,803
Berks County3,03312,1603,84715,92123,30230,9381,68218,21832,7161,25812,52731,81842,099
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,12918,39010,21253,41826,83540,3337,79827,23320,1652,84519,76971,15258,290
Lancaster County7,06725,7388,54225,38522,30642,2723,89230,56042,0692,46519,29237,47575,473
Lebanon County1,4533,4321,6794,1178,4198,0871,0254,9769,8183483,9896,70712,793
Lehigh County63010,8456,10118,94218,53545,5083,26320,57820,038N/A11,75337,44142,874
Montgomery County72134,21222,706100,30638,03989,14913,93650,04745,87692232,340144,241113,470
Schuylkill County1,0852,8495763,5847,8388,5473733,88411,1859743,3824,82715,080

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
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




Total Jobs by Sector, 2001
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and Utilities
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




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