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Most sectors of local economy gained jobs from one year ago


JULY 2015, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News

Most sectors of local economy gained jobs from one year ago


REGION, June 22nd- According to data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DOL), Center for Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) largest job gainers are in the private service providing sector of the economy. The sector gained 2,900 jobs during the past twelve months the data indicated.

The majority of the increase of jobs in the sector were in trade, transportation and utilities, which rose of 2,300 jobs during the period.

There are 36,600 manufacturing jobs within the MSA, rising by 500 from this time last year. Within the sector there are 21,700 durable goods and 13,900 non-durable jobs.

DOL reported that there are 355,300 non-farm jobs within the MSA increasing by 3,100 during the past twelve months, a strong employment growth for the region.

Most sectors within the MSA gained jobs during the past twelve months. The Leisure and Hospitality sector gained 2,100 jobs, the Retail Trade sector gained 800 jobs during the period, and Transportation and Warehousing jobs increased by 1,100.

Professional and Business Services lost 1,100 jobs during the past year with Management of Companies and Enterprises being the biggest loser within the sector with a loss of 900 jobs.

Local Government jobs decreased by 800 during the past twelve months while Federal Government jobs were unchanged from one year ago.

According to the data, there are 72,600 Education and Health Services jobs within the MSA with the majority of them, 59,800, being in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector.

Overall, there are 402,300 MSA civilians with employment and 24,100 of them are currently unemploy the DOL reported.