AUGUST 2015, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News
Food services and drinking places jobs in the MSA most ever
BY PAUL LEESON
REGION, July 22nd- According to data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DOL), Center for Workforce Information and Analysis in Harrisburg, within the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), non-farm jobs have increased by 4,900 from the previous reporting period, which was approximately released four-week before. Non-farm jobs have rose by 3,400 from twelve months before to 360,200, the DOL data indicates.
The MSA includes Lehigh County, Northampton County and Carbon County of Pennsylvania.
Most industry sectors within the MSA gained jobs during the past twelve months with Leisure and Hospitality gaining the most increasing by 3,000 during the period. Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities jobs have increased by 1,200, the second largest job gainer.
Government jobs have continued to lose jobs in the Lehigh Valley over the past twelve months with Local Government jobs losing the most by declining by 600 to 35,600. Federal Government jobs dropped by 100 during the period while Local Government Educational Services decreasing by 500 jobs over the past twelve months to 22,600.
Overall, the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton MSA has a labor-force of 427,000 with 24,200 without employment. There are 403,600 MSA civilians with employment, improving by 4,000 from twelve months before.
There are 36,700 manufacturing jobs within the MSA, rising by 1,100 from the previous report and increasing by 400 from this time last year. Within the sector there are 21,800 durable goods jobs and 13,900 non-durable jobs.
Food services and drinking places posted a large gain over the previous report, gaining a new record high level.