Employment bounces back locally; health care up while manufacturing down
LEWISBURG - Employment in central Pennsylvania is bouncing back to pre-recession levels, but with an economy that has added 5,100 health care industry jobs while losing another 8,900 manufacturing jobs.
According to figures from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) released Monday by SEDA-COG, pre-recession employment (2007) was 295,400. Today it stands at 295,200.
"While the number of jobs is nearly back to 2007 levels, the region's economic makeup has changed," CPWDC reports. "Service employment - 78 percent of the workforce in 2007 -is up to 81 percent."
CPWDC represents Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.
Jobs in the goods-producing sector have fallen from 22 percent to 19 percent. As an example of changes that have occurred are the gains in health care and losses in manufacturing.
"In the last year, however, manufacturing in central Pennsylvania added 100 jobs, so it may be starting to come back," the workforce group reported.
The construction sector lost 300 jobs in the last year, the greatest job loss for any sector.
Overall, the region gained 3,600 jobs in 2013-14, a 1 percent gain.
Comparing pre-recession levels to today, the largest employment increases were in the following sectors:
Health care and social assistance: 5,100 jobs, 14 percent increase
Mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction: 2,300 jobs, 393 percent increase
Management of companies and enterprises: 1,900 jobs, 35 percent increase
The largest employment decreases were in the following sectors:
Wholesale trade: 800 jobs lost, 10 percent decrease
Construction: 1,900 jobs lost, 12 percent decrease
Manufacturing: 8,900 jobs lost, 19 percent decrease
CPWDC is one of 23 Local Workforce Investment Areas in Pennsylvania. It is also a member of the Central Region PREP (Partners for Regional Economic Performance). which coordinates economic development efforts in the region.
CPWDC coordinates workforce activities and initiatives to develop a quality labor force in the nine counties it serves.