Economy
Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018


Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018

What does this measure?

The net growth or decline in jobs by sector, shown as a percentage gain or loss.

Why is this important?

Job growth by sector is a key indicator of economic vitality, and reveals how the structure of industry and the composition of employment in the region are changing.

How is our county performing?

From 2001 to 2018, total jobs in Berks County increased 11%. Among the county's larger sectors, jobs were up 4% in Trade, Transportation and Utilities, up 29% in Professional and Business Services, and down 18% in Manufacturing. Health Care and Social Assistance saw the largest increase in jobs during this period, at 62%. Neighboring counties had increases in total jobs ranging from 2% in Schuylkill to 28% in Chester. Every county also saw large declines in Manufacturing jobs during this period.

Notes about the data

County employment estimates are reported by place of work, not place of residence. 2019 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States-15%12%58%49%6%48%-15%41%-20%44%24%35%17%21%
Pennsylvania-15%6%40%38%-3%38%-28%31%-28%59%9%32%7%13%
Berks County-13%3%50%15%8%62%-30%23%-18%12%9%29%4%11%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County14%15%85%55%17%56%21%55%-35%73%21%45%14%28%
Lancaster County-10%23%109%35%4%61%-18%37%-22%43%16%34%24%19%
Lebanon County-16%2%93%214%15%27%N/A27%-5%N/A12%63%-5%18%
Lehigh County-28%7%41%11%9%54%-35%33%-35%N/A8%48%4%19%
Montgomery County-38%-2%52%39%0%30%-30%39%-35%35%24%29%6%14%
Schuylkill County-8%-8%-4%20%-4%21%N/A-3%-16%541%-21%44%12%2%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




Total Jobs by Sector, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States2,604,00010,973,3004,771,70019,899,40024,543,00022,619,8003,460,10019,762,40013,501,3002,323,10011,257,90029,346,30035,683,700200,746,000
Pennsylvania70,806398,669310,487729,584772,4971,128,504105,200692,876603,10168,274425,2161,075,3781,417,8037,798,395
Berks County3,03312,1603,84715,92123,30230,9381,68218,21832,7161,25812,52731,81842,099229,519
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,12918,39010,21253,41826,83540,3337,79827,23320,1652,84519,76971,15258,290362,569
Lancaster County7,06725,7388,54225,38522,30642,2723,89230,56042,0692,46519,29237,47575,473342,536
Lebanon County1,4533,4321,6794,1178,4198,0871,0254,9769,8183483,9896,70712,79368,829
Lehigh County63010,8456,10118,94218,53545,5083,26320,57820,038N/A11,75337,44142,874247,771
Montgomery County72134,21222,706100,30638,03989,14913,93650,04745,87692232,340144,241113,470685,965
Schuylkill County1,0852,8495763,5847,8388,5473733,88411,1859743,3824,82715,08064,184

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing