Economy
Employment-to-Population Ratio


Employment-to-Population Ratio

What does this measure?

The number of employed people living in Berks County divided by the population of 16- to 64-year-olds.

Why is this important?

A companion to the better-known unemployment rate, the employment-to-population ratio is an indicator of people's willingness and ability to find work. In a period of rapid economic growth, a larger share of the population (including teens, second earners in a family, and elders) will find a role in the workforce.

How is our county performing?

The employment-to-population ratio for Berks County was 77% in 2017, slightly higher than Pennsylvania, at 76%, and the nation, at 60%. Between 2000 and 2017, the county's ratio peaked at 80% in 2000 and dropped as low as 73% in 2009. As of 2017, Berks County's employment-to-population ratio was similar to neighboring Lehigh and Lebanon (both 78%), but lower than Montgomery (83%), Chester (81%) and Lancaster (80%). Schuylkill was lower, at 75%.

Over the 18-year period, several of the neighboring counties averaged higher employment-to-population ratios than Berks (77%), including Chester and Lancaster (both 81%), Lebanon and Montgomery (both 82%). The average ratio was similar to Berks in Lehigh (78%) and Schuylkill (76%).

Notes about the data

For this indicator, people are counted where they live, not where they work. To calculate these rates, CGR used figures for the population from ages 16 to 64 not living in institutions (including jails, prisons, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes and boarding schools) from the 2000 Census and American Community Survey. CGR interpolated the intervening years.

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Employment-to-Population Ratio
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania76%77%76%75%76%76%77%77%78%74%74%74%75%75%75%76%76%76%
Berks County80%79%78%75%76%76%77%77%77%73%75%75%76%76%77%78%78%77%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County82%82%82%81%81%81%82%82%83%78%78%78%79%79%79%80%81%81%
Lancaster County84%84%84%82%84%84%83%83%83%78%77%77%77%78%79%80%81%80%
Lebanon County84%85%85%84%86%86%87%86%86%82%78%78%79%79%79%79%79%78%
Lehigh County81%81%80%79%78%79%79%79%79%75%74%74%76%76%77%78%79%78%
Montgomery County85%85%84%83%83%83%84%84%85%79%80%80%80%80%81%82%83%83%
Schuylkill County75%75%75%74%76%77%78%80%80%77%73%73%74%74%75%76%75%75%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau




Total Employment
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania5,854,5515,881,6885,868,6075,821,7115,876,9975,940,5706,006,6346,064,0636,109,6455,885,3515,840,8875,888,7455,957,3145,967,8116,021,0056,080,2196,105,2236,111,633
Berks County187,690187,597186,317181,673185,424189,015192,567194,447195,467186,095191,914193,585195,561196,271199,415202,014202,663202,309
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County229,523233,753235,797237,295241,076246,961254,609258,865263,491251,383252,693254,455257,623259,098262,490266,506269,548271,053
Lancaster County244,446246,660250,063247,222254,205257,802257,754260,379262,878250,126247,920247,727251,655254,188260,021264,626268,337269,590
Lebanon County62,35563,54264,11564,02366,12467,59868,76469,62870,32467,88564,82565,00366,17666,34266,65766,89067,43567,635
Lehigh County157,140158,719157,815158,147159,594162,363166,251168,063168,895162,952160,908163,972167,357168,957171,963175,869178,969179,294
Montgomery County397,383402,667402,460401,387401,982406,172411,623415,122419,127396,105400,485402,414407,899410,086416,265422,542428,999431,390
Schuylkill County66,10665,56765,18864,55465,21266,43767,70069,90669,86666,62563,19663,21964,07763,78564,09563,89863,40962,412

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau




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