SEPTEMBER 2015, LEHIGH VALLEY Edition of The Union News
Leisure and Hospitality jobs increase in the Lehigh Valley
BY PAUL LEESON
REGION, August 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 1,500 from the previous reporting period, which was approximately released four-weeks before. Non-farm jobs have rose by 3,800 from twelve months before to 361,000, the DOL data indicates.
The MSA includes Lehigh County, Northampton County and Carbon County of Pennsylvania.
Many within the MSA’s industry employment sectors have increased from the previous report with Leisure & Hospitality jobs reaching a new record high level. There are 41,200 jobs within the sector, increasing by 2,000 from the previous report and rising by 3,600 during the last twelve months.
Within that sector, Accommodation and Food Services jobs gained 2,000 from the previous report and rose by 1,100 from twelve months ago to 30,600. Also, Food Services and Drinking Places jobs increased by 800 from the previous report and increased by 1,500 jobs from this time last year to 26,200.
Government jobs have continued to lose jobs in the Lehigh Valley over the past twelve months dropping by 800 to 39,600.
Local Government jobs lost 1,000 jobs during the past month and dropped by 800 jobs from twelve months ago to 34,600. Federal Government jobs dropped by 100 during the past year but was unchanged from the previous report at 2,200. There are 2,800 State Government jobs within the MSA, decreasing by 100 from the previous report and from one year ago.
Overall jobs within the MSA were up 0.7 percent or 2,600, over the past twelve months.